Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Before getting to today's apostrophe catastrophe, submitted by Clive in East Sussex, I would like to take a moment to mourn the loss of one of my punctuation heroes, Bill Walsh. If you haven't read Lapsing Into a Comma or The Elephants of Style, definitely check them out. R.I.P., Mr. Walsh.
As for this entry's apostrophe catastrophe, it looks like Monty started out fairly well, in that he correctly punctuated his name, but everything falls apart after that.
Thanks to Clive for sending this one in!
Monday, November 28, 2016
In honor of Fidel Castro, I thought I would choose this catastrophe for today.
Craig spotted this sign in Mexico, so perhaps we can forgive the sign makers as English is not their first language. I, however, cannot be forgiven for waiting three years to post this! I am way behind on submissions to Apostrophe Catastrophes, but I will try to be better about posting them from now on.
Monday, October 24, 2016
I've lived in Massachusetts for most of my life, and I've been to Salem several times, but I've never been there during Halloween season! Two of my best friends live there now and are moving away in a month or two, so this weekend seemed like the right time to finally venture in to the witch madness. Salem did not disappoint! Besides this catastrophic store, we also spotted a coffin in honor of Miss Cleo, a terrifying Nosferatu, and a Vietnamese restaurant filled with drag queens.
Happy Halloween, everyone!
Saturday, August 6, 2016
I went to a minor league baseball game last night, and it turned out to be Princess Night! They had various princesses wandering around the stadium, fireworks, and even an apostrophe catastrophe on the sign advertising tiaras. I made my fiancé buy me one anyway, and then he wore it for half the night. Par for the course.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
This morning, I heard on the radio that this new movie with Mark Wahlberg about the marathon bombing needs extras, so I decided to check out the website. My dad was an extra in Love Story in the '70s and still talks about the fact that he got a free lunch out of it.
Despite the apostrophe catastrophe on the website (see the left side of the photo below) and the fact that this might give me PTSD (I lived a couple of blocks away from the bombers at the time and also worked at a high school that was a couple of blocks away from where the second bomber was captured in a boat), I think I'm going to sign up!
This could be my chance to be famous for something other than pointing out punctuation errors.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
Sometimes, caring about punctuation can be a burden, but this shop in the UK clearly doesn't have that problem.
It appears that they noticed their mistake and tried to fix it to no avail.
Thanks to Russell for submitting this apostrophe catastrophe.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Sometimes you can hit the jackpot on thriftshop bargains, and I think these photos qualify. They provide a treasure trove of bad punctuation.
Clearly, someone had been drinking the strong stuff out of these glasses before making the signs.
Thanks to Jim for sending these in!