#EA38 Tesco Extra Special

One serious grammar error on the part of Tesco but with a funny from some bad abbreviation to follow.

The lack of apostrophe is the sign of chaos here.

Whilst the fudge – if eaten to the extreme – may have some impact on the ass or arse of the one indulging (and not just the Welsh here), the abbreviation of assorted is normally ‘asst’ or ‘asstd’.


#EA33 Daily Mail in double plural scandal

The Daily Mail, in its election excitement, extends the double negative concept into the double plural today.

Tories lose. One Tory loses.

#EA27 BBC quakes over apostrophe

In an article on Quakers in business the BBC probably meant Quakers as business leaders and not just one Quaker covering it all.

Correction: "But the Quakers' time as business leaders has passed, according to Mr Stoller."

#EA26 Daily Mail loses sense of grammar in excitement over tonight’s Oscars

Multiple errors on the use of our dear friend, the apostrophe.  What a mess.

#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.

#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:

#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.

#EA13 In a UK supermarket…

A Tesco branch in Reading to be precise, spotted by @sfj1642 on 23 December.  We have multiple problems with the signs.

Tesco can manage a simple plural for a crumpet but are confused when pointing you to their croissants.

This one suggests one kid and many yoghurts when they obviously hope to be feeding many kids their yoghurt offerings.  “Kids’ yoghurts” please.

#EA9 The Leveson Inquiry Confusion

The website has been proofread and comes up trumps on the simple plural.

Sadly, the same cannot be said for the preparation of their witness statements.

#EA8 Daily Mail drops possessive apostrophe in the plural

I live in hope that baby Harper Beckham will grow up to learn that she flew back in luxury “to see her parents’ hometown”.  From the Daily Mail online on 19 December 2011.