Monday, April 20, 2009

The Blue Plate Special

Finding punctuation mistakes and grammatical errors on restaurant menus is like shooting fish in a barrel. Betsy found these two in one week and considered starting her own blog to document apostrophe catastrophes, but she found me instead.

On the first menu, the writer added an apostrophe at the end of Elizabeth but neglected to add an s.

And next, we see two types of apostrophe catastrophes -- mistakenly adding an apostrophe before an s to make a word plural and putting the apostrophe before the s in a plural possessive. (Is the meal for only one kid?)

Punctuation errors aside, I don't think it's very wise to advertise food on a tissue box. Those two items should not be associated with each other. Just ask Domino's Pizza.

Thanks, Betsy!


Putu said...

If I had to choose, I would say that the first one is more of an eyesore, though I find that all apostrophe catastrophes are.

Carlos said...

Maybe Elizabeth's menu writer had a speach impediment and prounounced the "th" in her name as an ess. Then, perhaps, "th'" might be mitigated somewhat.

Elizabess's sounds a little essy to me. ;-)

Anonymous said...

A question on apostrophe:
Is it 10th or 10'th?

I always thought it should be 10th, but saw someone correct it as 10'th ... please help.

Becky said...

There should not be an apostrophe in 10th.