I realize that most companies who personalize things make you agree, and agree again, that what you have provided to them is correct. I understand that. I just wish they wouldn’t use bad examples in their catalogs. I saw these on the cover of a personalizing company’s catalog. Besides the fact that there is no apostrophe necessary because Robert doesn’t own anything related to this sentence, I’m curious about exactly why Robert feels entitled to be called “The Robert.” If it were the Roberts Family, it should say “Party With The Roberts.” In the second example, again, there should be no apostrophe because you’re talking about the “Bishop Family Reunion.” It is the reunion of the Bishop Family and the apostrophe and “s” are unnecessary.
I typically scroll right past most Facebook memes because they are full of grammar errors (and we all know that makes me crazy)! But this one was one of the worst I’ve seen, so I had to share.
I’ve circled the errors, just in case you weren’t quite sure. I’m fairly certain this is NOT related to Nike, even though it includes their patented trademark swoosh. So here is the explanation of the errors:
“Its” should be “It’s” because it is the contraction of “It Is” National Athlete Day.
“Your” should be “You’re” as the contraction of “You Are”
“A” should be “An” because it is before the word “athlete” which starts with a vowel sound.
So . . . the entire message SHOULD be “It’s National Athlete Day. Repost If You’re An Athlete.”
There now I feel better.
The flyer for a recent fundraising event for one of my grandsons caught my eye, so I checked out the website. All I can say is that they were consistent–it was wrong, but it was wrong in both places. The correct word is “whose.” The word “who’s” is a contraction for “who is” which would not be correct in the sentence.
I keep thinking that if I ever want to change my line of work, all of my local news stations could sure use someone to type their screen verbiage. A friend sent me this one and I only saw the errant apostrophe until I was working with the picture here and saw the hot mess of an attempt at the second use of the word “closing.” The apostrophe in “it’s” is only used as a contraction of “it is” and not to signify possession by “it” of anything– that would simply be “its” as in “closing its doors.” And you spelled “closing” correctly once, what the heck happened to the second one? In this case, two strikes and you’re out!
I saw these signs as I was waiting in the Starbucks drive through line one night recently and had to drive closer to actually take the pictures. I can sometimes grant someone a minor error, but when you make more than one and they are not “minor,” you will definitely end up as a Grammar Giggle. “Receive” is misspelled in the first sign and the second misuses the apostrophe to make a word plural.
As we’re preparing for Christmas, I will share a Grammar Giggle each day. So on to Day 1! And we might as well start with an improper possessive. What belongs to the candy canes? NOTHING! Thus, there should be no apostrophe.
This was in a Notice of Appointment of Arbitrator received in our office from our local Superior Court. Plural = NO apostrophe. Possessive = apostrophe.
I saw this in a Las Vegas shopping area last week while there for the NALS Educational Conference and I was a little confused. Does this store sell Women’s Accessories? Or are they selling accessories to one specific woman making them the Woman’s Accessories (and not selling them to anyone else)? Or are they a new accessory line designed by a person named “Woman”? It was a big sign on the outside of a store to lure you in . . . unless you are as highly disturbed as I am by mistakes that should not be on display in public places in signs that obviously cost a lot of money.
I was wandering through Target the other day and spotted this sign. Because I’m particularly sensitive to issues involving the apostrophe, those errors seem to jump out at me. This sign made me wonder if all adults share one birthday, because that is what the sign–as written–actually says. It should be “Adult’s Birthday” indicating the birthday belonging to an adult or, even easier, leave the apostrophe out and call it “Adult Birthday.” Really, Target?
I spent Sunday with friends at the Delmar Racetrack. Weather was beautiful, wine was delicious, and time with friends was amazing. However, as the girls say now, “We can’t go anywhere nice.” They say that because as soon as I pull my phone out, they start looking around for errors. This one I found right inside the gates as we were walking in. “Newcomer’s Seminar Daily” was one of the first signs we saw. While I commend the Track on helping people new to horse racing to be comfortable with the language, etc., I wondered to myself why they only held a seminar for one newcomer at a time. When you add the possessive, you should test it by taking off the apostrophe (and the “s” if one is there) to check the root word. In this case, that word would be “newcomer” which is obviously singular–one newcomer. They also apparently know the correct way to state it because it was correct in the program. They are training all of the “newcomers,” so you would START with that word and then make it possessive.