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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 16 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I’ve had to rearrange my top three most annoying apostrophe mistakes today after visiting Middlesbrough.

There was a stall selling no doubt delicious potatoes. And how had Mr Stall Man spelled “Potatoes”? He didn’t spell it “Potato’s”. Whilst this would be ignorant and annoying, it’s possibly understandable. He had a large sign upon which was the following sequence of characters: “POTATOE’S”.

I accept that the Stall Holder’s name may have been, by coincidence, Mr Potatoe, but I think this is somewhat unlikely. Therefore, this enters at number two in my chart. In case you’re interested, number three is the apparent confusion surrounding “you’re” and “your”, and number one is the apostrophe in “Hear’Say”.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This 58th post was filed under: Miscellaneous.


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