Evelyn spotted this catastrophic flyer from a store in San Diego.
Evelyn says apostrophe catastrophes are her biggest pet peeve. I hope it doesn't ruin her holiday! Bah humbug.
Breaking news: There's an apostrophe catastrophe on Fox 25 Boston right now. The weather forecasters were so excited to induce mass hysteria that we might get two inches of snow on Tuesday that they forgot to proofread the title of this story.
Leah spotted this catastrophe "forever cast in bronze" in one of the wealthiest towns in Massachusetts.
First of all, I'm not sure what kind of a ladies night would take place at a pottery studio unless a reenactment of that scene in Ghost were happening. So, this establishment clearly doesn't understand what ladies want, nor even how to spell the word ladies.
Today is National Punctuation Day! What are you doing to celebrate?
Today's unusual catastrophe comes from Canada, where apparently National Punctuation Day does not apply.
As an institution of higher learning, a college should have a special obligation to demonstrate proper punctuation in its materials. University of Texas at Tyler has failed in this regard, at least on this particular flyer.
Emily was dismayed when she discovered this triple apostrophe catastrophe on a shop window in a London mall.
Charles in Denver sent in this apostrophe catastrophe from a market that has special hours on Sundays.
I've been very busy this summer chillaxing on the beach, so I've been neglecting Apostrophe Catastrophes. I apologize, dear readers! Luckily, I found an apostrophe catastrophe in the Glamour I was reading on a Nantucket beach.
An anonymous reader sent me this classic photo that she took in Vermont in 2005.
I hope Mandy didn't risk her life trying to capture this apostrophe catastrophe while driving, but it is a pretty funny one.
John writes that this apostrophe catastrophe causes hundreds of "daggers in his eyes."
Bradley was horrified to see this ad pop up on his screen featuring a your/you're error and misuse of the word "to," not to mention a missing period.
Ben in Marysville, PA, wrote to tell me that his friend told him about Apostrophe Catastrophes one night over drinks, and then he found this double apostrophe catastrophe the next morning at breakfast.
Joe spotted this sign that features two apostrophe catastrophes and a missing comma at a mall in Lansing, Michigan.
Adam spotted this double apostrophe catastrophe at a Verizon store. He says he "was surprised to see that the nation's largest carrier can't be bothered to proofread their promo materials."
It's almost Independence Day, so it seems like a good time to post a patriotic apostrophe catastrophe. The makers of this Abe Lincoln boot write that Lincoln led this country "through one of it's darkest hours."
Zip found this catastrophe-laden sign in the media lounge at San Diego State University's sports arena.
Also, check out the custom-made stamp that Zip's friend's mother made. Maybe we could market them together. Sadly, it would get a lot of use.
I was excited to have the opportunity to review this new, light alcoholic beverage. The main reason that it appealed to me was that I know that Michelob ULTRA has a reputation for making low-calorie beers. So, I figured that the cider would be about 90 calories for a 12-ounce bottle.
I went to a liquor store in Somerville that, unlike this one, which my cousin Joe sent me, had a properly punctuated sign.
Well, this is a new one. I've posted apostrophe catastrophes spotted on cakes, tattoos, and Christmas tree skirts, but never before have I seen an apostrophe catastrophe on wallpaper.
This wallpaper is hideous from afar, but it's even worse up close!
Thanks to Brian for sending in this truly heinous catastrophe.
Joe, who sent me this apostrophe catastrophe from Saskatoon, acknowledges that there was only one senior citizen in the store when he took this photo.
It's a catastrophe nonetheless. In addition to the apostrophe error, every day should be two words.
This flag, spotted at the recent Diamond Jubilee, is a double-whammy.
This may be Britains greatest year [sic], but the nation may have reached its low point for punctuation. And unless this celebration is taking place in a borough in NYC, Queens is wrong too.
Thanks to Brenig for posting this through the Apostrophe Catastrophes Facebook page.
Brace yourselves, readers. This may be the worst apostrophe catastrophe we've had to date. While the errors are not posted on a huge billboard, the number of apostrophe catastrophes this Toyota dealership managed to squeeze on to one page is truly astounding.
Click on the image above to make it larger. I counted 10 errant apostrophes. Anyone find more?
Thanks to Dan for sending me this horrific ad.
Emily, who is teaching English in Paris, found this apostrophe catastrophe in a sex shop in Paris. She writes, "My friends were more amused by the fact that sperm fancy dress outfits even exist, but as you can see I was disgusted by the punctuation."
"Even super heroes can't punctuate," Emily points out.
Practice safe punctuation, please, readers.
TT the Bear's Place will always hold a special place in my heart because it's the first bar at which I ever got a drink. So, I know its name is supposed to have an apostrophe in it. Apparently, Harpoon Brewery is not aware of this.
This photo has been published elsewhere, but nonetheless, it may be my favorite apostrophe catastrophe of all time. At least until someone sends me one involving Kevin Garnett.
Jaclyn sent me this photo from a convenience store that recently changed from a White Hen Pantry.