I don’t get it

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“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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