#EA24 The BBC’s Robert Peston and an errant apostrophe

Oh, Mr Peston, it must be all that excitement writing about Fred the Shred losing his manhood knighthood.

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#EA23 The New Statesman doesn’t get it

It should have been "its".

With thanks to @JanetOKane for the eagle-eyed submission.

#EA22 Arts Council England’s Job Advertisement

Spotted yesterday.  Collective nouns can confuse but that should read ‘everyone’s life’ and given the context, perhaps ‘everyone’s lives’.

The advertisement went on to ensure potential applicants realised that spelling and punctuation skills are not really required for this post.

#EA21 An Apostrolapse at Waterstones

Yesterday was the day they announced changes to their branding and the removal of the possessive apostrophe.  (That’s an argument for another time.)  But if you are going to do it, then do it correctly and don’t be sloppy!  Here’s the ‘look and list’ for the errors on their ‘About’ page today:


  1. Correction for the possessive would make it Waterstones’s mission
  2. Consistency required on the branding here.  The shop display in the picture does not match the new format fuelling confusion in any who might notice.
  3. Pedantry would lead to: Waterstones’s flagship shop… but The Waterstones flagship shop on… carries an easier ring to it.

#EA20 ‘To Hastings’ said the apostrophe

It’s today’s Daily Deal for Kindle in the UK on Amazon.

Correction: Hastingses'

It appears we can hold Amazon responsible for that one as it’s a précis of the paperback book entry and someone seems to have ‘taken a decision’.  But, did Atlantic Books submit the original in this form?

Correction: Hastingses'

Oh dear.  It looks like that may have been the case.

#EA19 They are not possessive in the Borders

Submitted yesterday by @JanetOKane, the Visit Scottish Borders website is not consistent with a few things.  Our errant apostrophes here relate to the (missing) possessive.  Consistency on ‘Borders’ would be useful, as would use of a spellcheck function.

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#EA18 Apostrophe Policing the Metropolitan Police

Spotted and submitted today by @Sarah_Hilary, who was no doubt doing some research for her crime novels, here we see the Metropolitan Police confused over plurals for acronyms.

For clarity, over to Oxford Dictionaries:

#EA17 What they get up to down under…

With thanks to @Janis_mumof3 for submitting this one.  It’s the Myer store in Adelaide, Australia and the picture was taken very recently.  The apostrophe is totally unnecessary.

#EA16 Weekend special: how to handle a Fellowes

Downton Abbey’s creator is Julian Fellowes and his surname presents the Daily Mail with problems when it comes to both the plural and the possessive.  On 22 October 2010 it was both the plural and the possessive.

Plural: Felloweses. Possessive plural: Felloweses'.

Roll on 14 September 2011 and it’s the singular possessive that’s the problem in an article written by A. N. Wilson.

But in between on 9 November 2010, Max Hastings showed how to get the singular possessive correct.

#EA15 Waterstone’s don’t get it…

Submitted by @janehill64 who spotted this one in a branch of Waterstone’s back in August, 2010.  One may always judge a book by its cover when it’s appropriate to do so.