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#3181 Witzend

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 08:53

A greengrocer's apostrophe on a barrister's website - you couldn't make it up.
"Martin has appeared at a large number of examination’s in public in recent years."
Martin Kingston QC


The other day I had an email from a trainee solicitor beginning, 'Myself and X...'. her partner) and going on later to say that something was 'equally as good as...' the other.
I suppose I'm old fashioned but I'd have expected a trainee sol. to have better English.

This morning I've seen 'thief's' (as a plural). Which reminds me of having seen 'elf's' as a plural not long ago.
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#3182 Aeolienne

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:38

There's a cake sale in the office today, and one of the tupperware containers is labelled "Carrott Cake (from Sainsbury's)". It's bad enough that people resort to shop-bought contributions, but what earthly excuse can there be for misspelling a word that presumably was printed on the packet? Unless this is not a cake made from carrots but one named after someone with the surname Carrott (akin to madeleines and Garibaldi biscuits). I'll have a peek later...


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#3183 Latin pianist

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:48

At least they put the apostrophe in Sainsbury's.
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#3184 fsharpminor

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 11:01

I am amused when people say 'I'm popping down to Tesco's or Asda's. It should just be Tesco or Asda.  But of course correct to say Sainsbury's or Morrison's.  Or am I wrong ?


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#3185 Aeolienne

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 15:05

At least they put the apostrophe in Sainsbury's.

Actually they didn't. :rolleyes:


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#3186 Banjogirl

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 16:07

 

At least they put the apostrophe in Sainsbury's.

Actually they didn't. rolleyes.gif

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 16:37

By contrast, someone who did get apostrophes right was the creator of a poster I saw in a school recently proclaiming:

"LET'S CELEBRATE OUR STUDENTS' ACHIEVMENTS ... YOU'RE ALL STARS!"

To paraphrase Meat Loaf, three out of four ain't bad. :D


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 17:56

By contrast, someone who did get apostrophes right was the creator of a poster I saw in a school recently proclaiming:

"LET'S CELEBRATE OUR STUDENTS' ACHIEVMENTS ... YOU'RE ALL STARS!"

To paraphrase Meat Loaf, three out of four ain't bad. biggrin.png

 

Better than the one at my sons' primary school (which was up in the hall, six feet high, for two years until the night before Ofsted came...) proclaiming the schools (sic) emphasis on punctuation. You couldn't make it up.


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 19:45

‘The public know this deal is a bad deal and they do not want to be made poorer. The Treasury’s economic analysis today shows the grim reality of what lays ahead of us.’

Some MP I’ve never heard of.

Aaargh !
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#3190 jim palmer

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 20:19

"Ahead of them" I suppose he means, unless T May says we will not be able to afford 640 MPs or the extravagance of Royalty.


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 22:44

Practise.   Practice.

 

Argh.

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 22:55

"Ahead of them" I suppose he means, unless T May says we will not be able to afford 640 MPs or the extravagance of Royalty.


I think she meant ‘lies ahead’ , not lays ahead ..... ;-)
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Posted 15 December 2018 - 16:42

... the xxxxxs were enjoying a £3,000-a-head cruise on the Macro Polo

Not the usual size boat, then ?
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 19:24

Oh dear! I read that as "Macron Polo." Can't imagine why!biggrin.png


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 19:42

I am sure the midnight-15 news last night said something along the lines of
"Staff at Chester Zoo report that they have recovered most of the mammals from the fire, including orang utans and alligators'.
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