Apostrophes cause lots of problems…
Apostrophes being used improperly is one of my pet hates. They pop up in so many random, and wrong, places that sometimes it’s hard to focus on what’s right any more.
How often have you seen signs in the greengrocer’s shop selling ‘Carrot’s half price’? Or the roadside flower stall offering ‘Flower’s for sale’? Some of the big supermarkets (and for a while Marks and Spencer was guilty – shock horror!) have signs above the aisles for CD’s and DVD’s. Aaarrrgghh!
People don’t seem to know where to put them, so they just put them in every word which ends with an ‘s’ in the hope that at least some of them are correct. It’s not a difficult concept to learn, so why is the problem so prolific?
Apostrophes are used to show ommision or possession – not plurals. Most of the problems are when a plural word ends with an s so we get flower’s instead of flowers, or boy’s instead of boys, apostrophe’s instead of apostrophes etc.
It drives me MAD! Is it just a problem in the UK, or is it worldwide?