Monday, December 22, 2008

Need to Do Some Last-Minute Holiday Shopping? Choose the Store that Uses Proper Punctuation

Marshalls (no apostrophe) and T.J. Maxx are essentially the same. In fact, they are even owned by the same company, TJX. So, where should you go to score brand-name merchandise at discount prices? Let's compare these two ads from today's Boston Metro.


Marshalls has boots for $29, but the ad uses the dreaded mens. In fact, they neglect to use apostrophes anywhere in this ad. Let's check out what T.J. Maxx has to say.


T.J. Maxx correctly punctuates "ladies' boots" and "men's outerwear," so it is the clear winner. As an added bonus, ladies' boots $5 cheaper at T.J. Maxx. Time for a shopping spree!

5 comments:

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Oh, no--as if I need another excuse to go shopping! I'm such a T.J. Maxx and Marshalls junkie... Glad to hear that ONE of them uses proper punctuation! :)

Becky said...

I just bought some socks at Marshalls yesterday because my feet got soaked in the snow/slush. If I had known about the apostrophe catastrophes, I might have suffered through having wet feet instead.

Anonymous said...

Most of the time, a company with an s is almost always 's because it's usually the person's last name that owns it. Believe me, I'm kind of a grammar expert, so that means, the grammatically correct name is Marshall's.

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