mummy and a mind

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The mass emergence of the errant apostrophe – one of mummy and a mind’s biggest irritants

on 24/09/2012

Now I am sure I am not the first, and I definitely won’t be the last, to moan about the errant apostrophe that seems to be appearing more and more often everywhere from facebook and twitter, to the BBC news website. As a proofreader my brain can’t help but notice it, and it drives me crazy. My generation don’t seem to have been taught this at school. But then that doesn’t surprise me. While at university studying English the lecturer actually had to define verbs, nouns and adjectives, as some of the students didn’t know what they were.

What annoys me the most is that now more and more errant apostrophes appear on television or in newspapers and magazines, the more people will think they are meant to be there, which will spawn a new generation of the little beggars!

I am going to start compiling a list of the worst offenders, and hopefully you will all contribute too. Then we have a nice collection, we can start the correction campaign!

  • Just one of the main examples on the BBC website.

Fox told BBC’s Breakfast that she has been working 80’s artists for her new album, and the sound is “80’s style with a modern twist”
Tut tut tut BBC, should do better. Perhaps you ought to give your online journalists a grammar test, or maybe just employ a proofreader or two? I am available, and now since you have moved to MediaCity, I only live just up the road

  • The Daily Mail is another offender.

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Please comment with any that you have spotted, the bigger the better, and I will keep adding in with my worst offenders. I know one thing for sure, as soon as my children know how to read, they are going to be taught about apostrophes!

Mummy and a mind


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