my grammar could hit the target from that distance

The revolution has begun. No longer will we put up with dodgy speeling, misplaced apostrophes' or improper; punctuation? P.S. pointing out bad grammar in postings is banned. To justify this I'm applying a form of grammatical 'absolute privilege', as the public interest in publishing mistakes far outweighs the cost to the public of making further mistakes. Call me a hypocrite if you will, but it works in Westminster.

Monday, May 29, 2006

On apostrophes

There's fun to be had with apostrophes. In Eats, Shoots and Leaves Lynne Truss recounted an example of grafitti on a road sign saying "Nigga's Out", under which some clever dick had written "but he'll be back soon".

It works the other way around, too, of course; I mentioned Finnegans Wake, for example, in a comment below. We also have:

Which ought not to be a statement that one's friends are entrancing, but an entrace for friends. A friends' entrance.


Which is not some writers ruminating on the nature of time, but the time for people to grill some writers. Writers' question time.

The best thing: these both came from Hay-On-Wye Literary Festival.


At 9:44 AM, Blogger Mystery White Boy said...

ahahah.. nice topic.

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Robbie Lane said...

And I thought it was Terry Pratchett, rather than Pratchet?

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Robbie Lane said...

You know, the second one could actually mean that in this meeting the writers will question whether time exists or whether it is a human creation. Or maybe Tony Parsons is interviewing the editor of Time Magazine. We shouldn't really assume they've got it wrong.

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Jimbo said...

Nah, that's the French writer Terry Pratchét, author of Le Tricolor de Magié.

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