It’s a catastrophe for the apostrophe in Britain

   Its a catastrophe for the apostrophe in Britain 


 

 

“Apostrophes denote possessions that are no longer accurate, and are not needed,” he said. “More importantly, they confuse people. If I want to go to a restaurant, I don’t want to have an A-level (high school diploma) in English to find it.”

But grammarians say apostrophes enrich the English language.

“They are such sweet-looking things that play a crucial role in the English language,” said Marie Clair of the Plain English Society, which campaigns for the use of simple English. “It’s always worth taking the effort to understand them, instead of ignoring them.”A street sign naming St Paul’s Square without an apostrophe is seen in Birmingham. — AP pic

LONDON, Jan 31 — On the streets of Birmingham, the queen’s English is now the queens English.

 

England’s second-largest city has decided to drop apostrophes from all its street signs, saying they’re confusing and old-fashioned.

But some purists are downright possessive about the punctuation mark.

It seems that Birmingham officials have been taking a hammer to grammar for years, quietly dropping apostrophes from street signs since the 1950s. Through the decades, residents have frequently launched spirited campaigns to restore the missing punctuation to signs denoting such places as “St Pauls Square” or “Acocks Green.”

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   It’s a catastrophe for the apostrophe in BritainThe Malaysian Insider

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