#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’.

#EA37 Thatcher ‘Dance on Grave’ T-shirts

Branded ‘tasteless and totally inappropriate’  by the TUC General Secretary, some T-shirts raising funds for the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre were withdrawn from sale from outside the main hall at the Brighton Centre – venue of the TUC Conference – earlier today.

Alongside this display of exceptional bad taste and lack of empathy, we also have a distinct lack of education exhibited for all to see.  Yes, there’s a missing apostrophe in respect of the possessive.

We added the yellow apostrophe.

#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."

#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.

#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.