Grocery's Appostrophies

English   Thursday, March 04, 2004, 04:58 GMT
Did you know that appostrophies put where they don't belong are called ''grocer's appostrophies''.
Jim   Thursday, March 04, 2004, 05:30 GMT
I never knew. Why are they called that?
English   Thursday, March 04, 2004, 05:55 GMT
Because, sometimes grocers make mistakes and put appostrophies where they don't need to be. I've seen signs in grocery stores before saying ''banana's for sale'' that should say ''bananas for sale''. Sometimes just for humor they are called ''grocers appostrophie's''.
Adam   Thursday, March 04, 2004, 08:52 GMT
You've just made a grocer's apostrophe, because you put an apostrophe in the wrong place. Or maybe you did that on purpose.
English   Thursday, March 04, 2004, 11:08 GMT
They are called ''grocer's appostrophies and sometimes humorously spelled ''grocers appostrophie's''.
Simon   Thursday, March 04, 2004, 11:34 GMT
Apostrophe / Apostrophes

Pedantic terms should at least be spelt wright.
English   Thursday, March 04, 2004, 19:56 GMT
Simon, What term are you calling pedantic.
English   Thursday, March 04, 2004, 21:40 GMT
Here's some information about grocer's apostrophes that I got off wikipedia.

Grocers' apostrophes

Wrongly placed apostrophes are known as Grocers' apostrophes (or sometimes, humorously, as Grocers apostrophe's), due to the frequent occurrence of hand-written signs on their produce, offering potatoe's, cabbage's and such like.