Friday, July 11, 2008

One of my pet peeves

As divine hubby would do you pick just one? As I get (ahem) older, I've noticed that I have more and more pet peeves. I mean, apostrophes have always driven me nuts. Divine hubby suggested years ago that I keep a photo archive of the apostrophes, and sadly, I have missed photo ops galore. BUT, I did take a real jewel yesterday. This is a sign at my local library. The LIBRARY, people! You would think that people who loan books to people for a living would be able to handle a simple apostrophe. I am so glad to live in the United State of America. (sigh)
My favorite apostrophe blunder was found at a WalMart in Atlanta, TX (yes, there is such a place, and no, it's not much like Atlanta, GA). I would give my left leg to have taken a picture of it, because I am certain it will never be repeated. It was December, and there was a giant display of Christmas-themed popcorn tins for sale. There were four handwritten signs around it that ALL said the same thing. I kid you not, folks.
"Christma's Popcorn $5.00"
Oh. My. Gosh. Kill me now!! I mean, to a grammar freak, with a special emphasis in apostrophes, such a sighting can prove fatal. But, I would hate to miss Christma. I mean, all the Christma presents, Christma trees, Christma decorations...and especially Christma's popcorn. my favorite. So the popcorn belongs to Christma? Why is she selling her beloved popcorn at WalMart? Does she do special orders for Easter? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Do you see why divine hubby thinks I'm a nut? :)


Tom said...

If you haven't already, you should go check out:
to see what some of your fellow grammar nuts did this past summer. Sounds like you guys would be bird's of a feather. Hah hah, just kidding.

S.I.L. said...

How about the sign at the nearby grocery touting "Homade hotdogs." (which is wrong on so many levels).

Anonymous said...

Hey, in the teal tour at the site . . . I checked out Bloomington MN (269 typos!) and Austin, TX (only 68!)

Maybe this is where you can find meaning in constantly relocating. ;)

Miz C (and Burton) said...

Fellow grammar freak here!!!!!

Miz C (and Burton) said...

I've been compiling a list of some of my favorites. They are near and dear to my heart!

there, their, they're
two, too, to

y'all...not ya'll (repeat after me...the apostrophe replaces the missing letters...the apostrophe...

And a question for the grammar gurus out there...
If I am talking about the yearly reunion of my generation, is it "Cousins Reunion" or "Cousins' Reunion." I can think of arguments for both ways. It does belong to us, hence the apostrophe, but it is also a reunion "of and for" us, hence no apostrophe. Please throw out your opinions!!!!!