Thursday, April 9, 2015

Should Have Seen This Coming

Just when I thought I'd seen all the possible ways to misuse apostrophes, I received this photo from David in Kent, England.



Shouldn't this psychic have predicted that her ad would be publicly shamed on Apostrophe Catastrophes?

Thanks, David!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Another Reason to Take Uber Instead

Sarah spotted this apostrophe catastrophe outside a hospital in Edinburgh.



Talk about adding insult to injury!

Thanks, Sarah!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Toyota Sequoia Catastrophe

Just because "sequoia" is the only word that contains every vowel does not mean it should be the only word that needs an apostrophe to make it plural.



Thanks to Craig for sending in this disastrous ad, which I have clearly had in my inbox for years.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Billboard Catastrophe

Size does matter when it comes to apostrophe catastrophes, and it doesn't get much bigger than this billboard that Angie spotted in LA.



Obviously, the Hustler Casino isn't trying to appeal to an intellectual crowd, but casino's?!? Really, Larry Flynt?!

Thanks, Angie!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Five for the Price of One

While shopping at Jewel supermarket in Chicago, Kate spotted a whopping five apostrophe catastrophes and consolidated them all into one picture.



They don't call it a greengrocer's apostrophe for nothing!

Thanks, Kate!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pizza Catastrophe

An anonymous reader spotted this catastrophic sign at her local grocery store.



At first I thought it was a spelling catastrophe too (son vs. sun), but it turns out that the company really is called Sun of Italy.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Walmart Catastrophe

Teressia spotted this catastrophic sign in the automotive department of a Walmart in Grand Junction, Colorado.



I guess the employees did not come prepared with proper grammar and spelling.

Thanks, Teressia!




Thursday, February 12, 2015

Popz II Men

When I saw this tub of pretzels was in the teachers room at my school, I thought I was imagining things.


Adding an apostrophe prior to an "s" to make a word plural is bad enough, but a "z"? Why, Utz, why?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Double Catastrophe from California

Jefferson sent in this sign from Riverside, California, which features an apostrophe catastrophe and a spelling mistake.



I suppose the sign could be trying to say, "Monthly is available," but, based on the spelling error, the apostrophe is probably inadvertent.

Thanks, Jefferson!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Target Christmas Sign Catastrophe

Merry Christmas, Apostrophe Catastrophes readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. Personally, I try to avoid all stores during December, and this sign from Target, which was submitted by several members of the Apostrophe Catastrophes Facebook group, reaffirmed my belief that it's better to stay home (or shop online) instead.



Thanks, Jen (and others who sent in this catastrophic picture)!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Appalling Bookstore Catastrophe

One would think that a bookstore, of all places, would know the rules of the English language. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, as evidenced by this photo from a Shopko store in Beloit, Wisconsin.



Thanks to Dave for sending in this appalling apostrophe catastrophe.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Turkey Leg Catastrophe

This catastrophe, which Thomas spotted at the Okanogan Family Faire in Washington State, could not be more timely.



Maybe it's trying to say, "The turkey leg is the best part of the turkey." Someone's brain was saturated with tryptophan when he or she made this sign.

Thanks, Thomas!


Friday, November 21, 2014

A Bargain Catastrophe

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good bargain. So, I have no idea why it took me three months of living in my new city to visit Disco Dollar! I got a container of big trash bags, a box of green tea, apple cider vinegar pills, and a brand-name hair conditioner, all for $4! And as a special bonus, I spotted these catastrophic razors. Best shopping trip ever.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Cold Mess

Zoe sent in this catastrophic sign from Kelowna, British Columbia.



The errant apostrophe in "resumes" is one of several punctuation issues on this sign. How many others can you count?

Thanks, Zoe!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Back-to-School Catastrophe

This isn't the most timely catastrophe; I should have posted it in September. Nevertheless, I felt that today was a good day to post this back-to-school catastrophe that Avi spotted on NBC Channel 6 in Miami.



I hope the person who designed this graphic isn't an actual teacher.

Thanks, Avi!