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!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Favorite Mistake

David sent in this catastrophic menu from a diner in Allentown.



The restaurant may have updated its menu, but it didn't take the time to proofread it.

Thanks, David!


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.