This is not a sign for a puppy rescue group but merely an offering from a hot dog establishment. The problem is that as one word, “everyday” is an adjective: “Eating a hot dog is an everyday habit.” What kind of habit (noun)? An everyday (adjective) one.
However, this sign needed to make it two words. Every day you can get a hot dog for $3.50. Which day? Every day. In this sense, “every” is an adjective modifying the noun “day.”
Go and sin no more.
Today’s Los Angeles Times ran a front-page story about the Mid-Devon District Council in England seriously considering eliminating possessive apostrophes from place names. A national uproar ensued (as uproarious as the Brits allow themselves to get), and the online version of the LAT now has a story saying the council decided against dumbing down the language (further than it already is).
The article referred to “grocer’s English,” which we are all familiar with: CARROT’S, TOMATO’S, etc., and said that it took a mere 110 years for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to add the apostrophe (originally omitted because of a faulty typewriter key, or so the story goes).
I have always wondered why the national organization called Boys and Girls Clubs doesn’t use apostrophes. Those omissions bug me no end. This is not difficult, people.
If you’d like to read the whole article, here’s the link:
England also has an Apostrophe Protection Society: http://www.apostrophe.org.uk
Long may it wave. Rule Britannia!
After my last post with the photo of the sign for the “Sport’s Bar,” a reader e-mailed me saying that because so many people have trouble with apostrophes, particularly those showing possession, “they” (whoever “they” are) are predicting that punctuation mark may be eliminated. Then you will be free to write “Joes car,” “Donnas career” and “the Joneses five cats.”
What do you think? Do we really need the possessive apostrophe or will it go the way of the Stegasaurus? I doubt it will take anything as dramatic as a meteor to kill it.
Leaving a theater Saturday night, I saw this sign on a nearby pub. I’m sure more than a few people wondered why I was taking a photo of the sign, but you know why, right?
Many, many times (most times), a word ending in S is just a plural. No apostrophe needed! The sign was made according to the all-too-common “rule” that must state, “If a word ends in an S, throw in an apostrophe before that S.”
I guess this bar belongs to just one guy, a sport. As an unreconstructed English major, I could think only of The Great Gatsby, in which Gatsby repeatedly calls the narrator, Nick, “old sport.” Maybe Nick came West and opened this pub.
I’ll calm down now.
COUNSEL as a noun means “advice.” As a verb is means “to advise.” (Those two words are often misused; note the spelling.) Madeline offered me valuable counsel. She counseled me thoughtfully.
CONSUL is a government representative who is stationed in another country. Our government does not have a consul in North Korea.
COUNCIL is an advisory group or assembly. The Second Vatican Council was convened by Pope John XXIII.