Signs — what’s that again?

bad-sign3Chris here was apparently never taught how to punctuate.  (Look again at the sign.)

I knew someone many moons ago who suggested that such a punctuated name (ending in s and trying, vaguely, falsely to show possession) should be pronounced as though it had another s.  Hmmm.  Why go through all those shenanigans to do something so simple to begin with?  No.  No.  At least a couple dozen times, no.

Dear Chris, it should have been “Chris’s Cakery” — and there’s still time for repentance before the day of grammatical judgment.

A few other errant signs have made their way into my files.  (OK, I’ve been unable to resist snapping pics.  It’s only embarrassing to do such things in public places for a moment.  Then I realize that those who don’t get why I’m taking the pic ought to be more embarrassed than I am, anyway!)  Here’s another, and then I’ll call it quits for the day. I’m not sure how broad the intended audience is here, but they can’t have meant this literally….

literalsign1I mean, that’s an awful lot of food.  J

Here are some other ones.  More signs coming in this series!


2 thoughts on “Signs — what’s that again?

  1. Brian Casey 03/02/2014 / 5:19 pm

    Follow-up on Facebook:

    Doug Roorbach Sorry, Bryan, but the AP Style Manual disagrees with your rant. I quote: “Singular proper names ending in S: Use only an apostrophe: Achilles’ heel, Ceres’ rites…” or Chris’ Cupcakes.
    February 25 at 2:31pm · Like

    Hannah Stein Sorry, Doug, but the spelling of Brian’s name disagrees with your comment
    February 25 at 3:50pm · Like · 2

    Karly Casey HAHAHAHA! You two…
    February 25 at 5:12pm · Like

    Karly Casey And, apparently, the AP style Manual caved to “common use” at some point… still has it right: Rule 2
    Use the apostrophe to show possession. Place the apostrophe before the s to show singular possession.

    one boy’s hat
    one woman’s hat
    one actress’s hat
    one child’s hat
    Ms. Chang’s house

    NOTE: Although names ending in s or an s sound are not required to have the second s added in possessive form, it is preferred.

    Mr. Jones’s golf clubs
    Texas’s weather
    Ms. Straus’s daughter
    Jose Sanchez’s artwork
    Dr. Hastings’s appointment (name is Hastings)
    Mrs. Lees’s books (name is Lees)
    February 25 at 5:16pm · Like

    Karly Casey I do believe they modified this rule sometime in the ’90s.
    February 25 at 5:22pm · Edited · Like

    Bob Bell I’ve never thought of myself as a wordsmith but I would interject this: with respect to language, the “common use” defines the language and therefore must define what is right. If you don’t believe that statement then consider for a moment why we are all not speaking Middle English right now!
    February 25 at 6:00pm · Like

    Karly Casey True, but “common use” also has determined that “twerking” and “selfie” are now “words”…
    February 25 at 6:12pm · Like

    Doug Roorbach Sorry, guys, but Chris is being neither vague nor false, nor should she be accused of not being taught grammar. The pre-eminent news agency in the world says she is absolutely correct, as do many other common grammar style guides. Even the one Karly quoted notes that the second “s” is not required. Chris does not deserve the wrath of Brian!
    February 26 at 7:06am · Like

    Bob Bell Karly Casey: Ah yes! The likes of ‘twerking” and “selfie” cause the traditionalist in me to grimace too! But, after all language is a living thing and so it must grow and change. Growing and changing can frequently be painful.
    February 26 at 7:39am · Like

    Brian Casey Wow. Checking in late here. Style manuals change, as does language. This stuff is of course of only minor importance, but I’ll bet one of my three other style manuals (Chicago, Intl Reading Assoc, Turabian) differs. And, frankly, I feel loyal to historical standards sometimes (maybe here more than in more significant areas). I know things change, but I rather feel that changes are often thoughtless, not purposeful. Doug, you may actually know who “Chris” is. Would she have consulted a style manual or just gone with her gut? And, does any style manual actually have the guts to say apostophe-s is wrong, or do they just say “do it this way” or “this is how we save space”? Not questions to be answered, necessarily….
    February 26 at 8:16am · Like

    Brian Casey By the way, Doug, don’t miss the follow-up — more directly tied to multiple areas of yours. Examples from a student newspaper, including a sports example. Can’t remember now whether this is coming out in a day or two or a couple days after that.
    February 26 at 8:22am · Like

    Brian Casey How, btw, does one pronounce ” Chris’ “? Seems the folks who removed the s after apostrophe want concision and may not be thinking of the aural disconnect. I was taught that possessives with sibilants mid-word (e.g., Jesus, Moses) could omit apostrophe but that it was still also correct to use one.
    February 26 at 10:56am · Like · 1

    Doug Roorbach I have never met Chris, but when I was a reporter for the OTH I did do a story on her husband and the renovations he had done at the cafe and motel there in Caneadea. He was a very nice guy and I enjoyed helping him tell his story.
    Yesterday at 8:02am · Unlike · 1

    Brian Casey I’d forgotten where that was — thought maybe Springville or Arcade….
    Yesterday at 12:29pm · Like


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