Friday, November 28, 2008

Prince Charles Angry About Bad Grammar and Punctuation in the U.K.

I have a new ally in the royal family. Read about it here.

8 comments:

Bill Brohaugh said...

But you have no ally with the reporting of the Prince's umbrage. The reporter allows his apostrophe to wander when he first refers to "the war on the grocer's apostrophe" (just one?) and later refers to "grocers' shops."

Jane Sutton said...

I have to defend the reporter, Bill. The punctuation mistake IS known as a "grocer's apostrophe." And since "shops" is plural, "grocers'" is correct, as well. I'm pleased that Prince Charles is fighting to preserve The King's English.

Bill Brohaugh said...

I'm embarrassed that the terminology has escaped me all these years, Jane. Thanks for the proper defense and the info.

Approaching another aspect of this story, I cheer the prince's fight, as well, but I wish he'd used some sharper weapons in the battle. I find the quoted sentence--"It seems to me that you need to remind people every now and then that you can’t communicate to people in a language unless you know the grammar and the syntax and, indeed, the punctuation" verbose and indirect. For instance, "to people" is unnecessary; the concept of communicating with grammar, syntax and punctuation pretty much precludes communicating to, say, the family dog. To fight the good fight, write tight.

Becky said...

Someone in the British government being indirect?!? Shocking! I love the Brits, but they aren't exactly known for their candor.

Ren said...

The caption under the picture is funny. What is the wording "Princes Charles" implying? Either they forgot the other "s" on the end or he has some multiple personality issues. Either way, there seems to be more to Prince Charles that hasn't previously been reported on. ;)

Becky said...

@ Ren, I didn't notice that! Ha, I love the irony there.

Jane Sutton said...

This seems to have been fixed! Perhaps it is due to the power of this blog.

Becky said...

Ooh, exciting! I am the warrior!