I don’t get it


“In these days of confused situations,” as the song Be Ye Glad” began, it can be almost pleasant to have something relatively insignificant to fight against.  Scores of times, I have seen an incorrect plural such as the one (poorly) depicted above; it’s hard to see in my poor phonecam shot, but it’s a gas station window sign that say, among other things,

5c off Tuesday’s

Now, perhaps the clientele at this particular gas station/convenience store is not impressed by proper punctuation. And perhaps they would not sell any more gas if the punctuation were correct. But, for crying out loud … come on, people, “Tuesdays” in this sense is a simple plural.  Just add an “s.”  An apostrophe is neither necessary nor correct.

This seems like a good time to share a quote from Lynne Truss, author of Eats Shoots and Leaves:  The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.

I saw a sign for ‘Book’s’ with an apostrophe in it, and something deep inside me snapped; snapped with that melancholy sound you hear in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, like a far-off cable breaking in a mine-shaft. . . .  I can’t help feeling that our punctuation system, which has served the written word with grace and ingenuity for centuries, must not be allowed to disappear without a fight.”

With Lynne Truss, “I am in favor of forming an army of well-informed punctuation vigilantes.”  And I also stand with Saul-Paul, special emissary (a/k/a “apostle”) of Jesus in the 1st century, who got pretty upset with people who didn’t “get” more important things than correct punctuation.  Read Acts 15, Galatians, Romans, etc.


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