Thursday, October 23, 2014

I Predict an Apostrophe Catastrophe

If this astrologer were truly psychic, she would have known that she'd be on Apostrophe Catastrophes on October 23, 2014.



Didn't see that coming, did you, Ms. Psychic?

Oh, I miss Miss Cleo...

Thanks to Bryan for sending in this cosmic catastrophe.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Catastrophe on the Side of a London Bus

Sometimes a reader sends in a catastrophe so large that it's truly shocking.



Thousand's? How could this have happened? As Nina, who submitted this photo, so eloquently put it, "The torment."

Thanks, Nina!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seasonal Apostrophe Catstrophe

Rachel spotted this quadruple apostrophe catastrophe in her local paper in Tupelo, MS.



That's scarier than a Halloween horror movie. What is flat pumpkin anyway?

Thanks, Rachel!





Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Colorado Convention Center Apostrophe Catastrophe

I'm way behind on posting submissions, as usual. Kurt sent me this apostrophe catastrophe from the Colorado Convention Center almost a year ago!



Thanks for your patience, dear readers. I'll try to post your submissions in a more timely manner.

Thanks, Kurt!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

McDonald's Drive Thru Catastrophe

Finding apostrophe catastrophes at small, local businesses (or online) is like shooting fish in a barrel. So, when I find an apostrophe catastrophe committed by a large company, especially one for which I have a bit of disdain, I get pretty excited. Walking down the street of downtown Scranton last night, I saw this giant McDonald's billboard glowing in the distance and exclaimed in delight.



I started running toward the billboard and attempted to capture it despite the poor lighting. It's not perfect, but you get the idea.

A few minutes later, fireworks started exploding in the sky. Literally. Now that's what I call an eventful Friday night.

Readers, how do you feel about spelling "through" as "thru"? It doesn't really bother me. Maybe it should, but it seems like a decent shortcut and fits the tone of fast food establishments in general. Someday, I think we'll all be using "u" for the second person, and I won't even mind that either, as long as we give credit where credit is due.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy Belated National Punctuation Day!

Yesterday was National Punctuation Day, and I neglected to post anything on the blog! Well, I'll try to make up for it today with this gem, which Christina spotted in Fremont, Nebraska.



She said it made her think of Scotland because she kept wanting to pronounce it "laddie." Thanks for the laughs, Christina!

Oh, and speaking of holidays that include apostrophes, Happy New Year!





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).