That just makes me cringe. It’s bad enough when errors like these appear on signs and fliers generally, but it’s doubly embarrassing when a university does it. (I hope they didn’t run it past the English department.)
Oh, boo hoo! It wasn’t that long before 1939 that spelling was anything but “correlated” in English, to say nothing of odd punctuation like apostrophes.
At least there is some argument to be made from analogy for putting that apostrophe in “its”. It’s the people who put them in random plural words who need remediation. Maybe Energy Solutions could help.
It’s too esoteric for S.Faux’s list, but I always get a wicked sense of pleasure from typing “cant” and “wont” in their less common senses (not contractions, that is) without an apostrophe.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 19, 2009 @ 10:01 am
“… and except seize and seizure,
And also leisure,
Weird, height and either,
Forfeit, their, neither.
And as Bookslinger notes, society.
And probably so many other exceptions as to make the rhyme almost useless.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 19, 2009 @ 10:03 am
For those interested, I have improved on my pseudo-poem in #8, and I have posted it at the BOTTOM of my blog under the title: “The Evolution of Bad Writing.”
Hm. I didn’t think the structure was all that odd. Poetic, maybe. But back then, weren’t all abbreviated words possessed of an apostrophe? e.g. Hallowe’en. (But, then, I’m a BYU grad, so what can I say?)
I always get a wicked sense of pleasure from typing “cant” and “wont” in their less common senses (not contractions, that is) without an apostrophe.
You do know that this comment alone qualifies you for induction into the Nerd Hall of Fame, right? I’m not pointing fingers — when I was in law school, some of my classmates elected me a member of the little-known fraternity “Phi Kappa Nerda.”