Monday, September 8, 2014

What the Dickens?!

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. No, actually, it was definitely the worst of times for whoever made this sign for the John Harvard Library in London.



Thanks to Helen for submitting this atrocity.





Monday, August 25, 2014

County Fair Catastrophe

Yikes! I haven't updated Apostrophe Catastrophes in a month! This is truly a catastrophe, and I apologize. But I've been busy. I moved to Pennsylvania! While I miss Boston dearly (love that dirty water...), I now have an entirely new state filled with apostrophe catastrophes to capture. One of the first things I did upon arriving here was head to a county fair because sheep are my favorite things in the entire world.



If I were ever to become a therapist, I would prescribe sheep and Irish accents to anyone who is depressed.

Making the day even better, I found an apostrophe catastrophe at the fair!



Gyro is...?

Thanks to my loyal Apostrophe Catastrophe readers for your patience. I promise to be better about updating the blog more often. Keep those submissions coming!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jeep Bumper Sticker Catastrophe

Meg spotted this double atrocity somewhere in Connecticut.



Tailgating and crossing over multiple lanes at once are two of my biggest driving pet peeves, but this bumper sticker may be a close third.

Thanks, Meg!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review -- Mother, Mother

It's the summer, so I love to spend as much time as I can reading on the beach. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to join the Blogging for Books program, which sends me free books to review! Hallelujah! Here's my first review. (Back to regularly scheduled Apostrophe Catastrophes programming soon...)

Koren Zailckas takes on a daunting task in her debut novel, Mother Mother: she presents a complex, psychological thriller through the eyes of two unreliable narrators. One is 12-year-old Will, who is being homeschooled after experiencing bullying at school. The other is 16-year-old Violet, who is being held in a mental hospital after a bad trip on Morning Glory seeds. As the title implies, the children's mother is the primary focus of the story. Will worships her, and Violet despises her, but there's no disputing her immense power over the Hurst family and their community at large. As the story unfolds, the details of the Hurts' seemingly picture-perfect life begins to look more and more disturbing. Zailckas deals with some very heavy subject matter in this novel but manages to maintain some moments of humor. The characters were vivid and true-to-life, and she keeps the reader enthralled throughout every page. I look forward to her next novel.



Official disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Teach Your Children Well

The most appalling part of this catastrophe is that the sign is posted at a school.



Thanks to Steve from Camberley for sending this one.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Gas Station Catastrophe

My dad sent in this catastrophic sign from a gas station in Lexington, Mass.



Time to fuel up for Memorial Day travel.

Thanks, Dad!

Friday, May 9, 2014

*You're* Not Learning Proper Grammar

Alan sent me this catastrophic bib from New Orleans. Your learning is... flawed.



Now I've lost my appetite. At least the baby wearing this bib can't read the catastrophe.

Thanks, Alan!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Himalayan Catastrophe

No, not that one. This is just an apostrophe catastrophe that my friend Carrie found during her travels.



Thanks, Carrie!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Driving Me Crazy

I feel sort of bad posting this one because everyone at this Subaru dealership was super-nice, and I love their cars, but all's fair in love and punctuation.



The showroom had five or six of these banners featuring an apostrophe catastrophe in the plural of Subaru (look below the 2009 in the middle), so I had to take a photo. Incidentally, I read somewhere that Subaru's slogan, "It's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru" [sic] has an errant comma in it. Yes, I'm nitpicking, but that's what this blog is all about.

I still plan to buy a Subaru for my next car anyway. Driving around New England in a two-wheel drive vehicle can be scary at times (i.e. throughout our six-month winter period).




Monday, March 24, 2014

For Kids Who Can't Read Good

Tina sent in this catastrophically ironic sign from Naples, Florida.



Good thing this statement is in quotation marks because it probably isn't true.

Thanks, Tina!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Panty Catastrophe

I was taking a walk yesterday in Scranton, but it was crazy cold out, so I ducked into a mall. *shudder*



Fortunately, the mall's big department store, Boscov's, provided me with this gem.

At least they didn't write "bikini's" to go along with "ladie's."

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bananas Cause Gas?

When I first saw this apostrophe catastrophe from my friend Irene (a.k.a. my friend Ethan's mom), I thought, "Bananas cause gas?"



But apparently it means that they aren't unnaturally ripened using gas or something. I'm not up on all these organic food trends.

I especially love this catastrophe because it's from Market Basket, which is, well... just check out this website. Some may disagree, but I say it's worth dealing with the chaos of Market Basket to pay literally 1/3 of what I would pay at Whole Foods or Shaw's.

Thanks, Irene!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Another Gym Catastrophe

My gym corrected the blatant apostrophe catastrophe that I found there the other day, but now another one has cropped up.



It's a little hard to see, but it says, "Sale ends in two day's." Yikes. Also, the sign should read "Now on Sale," not "in sale." And you don't need a dollar sign before "10 bucks." That's redundant.

In addition to the grammar and syntax errors, this sign presents the fallacy that these sales at the gym last only a few days. Signing up for a gym membership is like buying a car (or a mattress). You never pay the sticker price, and you can negotiate.

That's your public service announcement for the day.




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winter Drink Catastrophe

The menu from Delaney's in North Conway features an apostrophe catastrophe and an oddly X-rated drink title (4th drink on the list).



Despite the punctuation errors, these drinks did sound delicious, but I had a two-and-a-half hour drive ahead of me, so I stuck with water. Their buffalo chicken soup was delicious after a 9-mile hike, though!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gym Catastrophe

It's 6 degrees and snowing today so I had to go to the gym. The highlight of my workout was finding this catastrophic sign.



I do like the women's area because creepy dudes never hit on me in there, but this sign is almost as atrocious as taking a selfie on the treadmill. Well, for $10 a month, I guess my gym can't afford to hire a proofreader.