The apostrophe, Pacman and Larry the Cable Guy


I know one Grade 7 and 8 English teacher who would have gone absolutely ballistic on us if we had done this in class. I still remember her passion for the appropriate use of the apostrophe after a riveting lesson on the use of “its” and “it’s” in our writing.

“Just because everyone else does it, doesn’t make it right”. She was referring to using the apostrophe to make a noun plural. It’s never done. It wasn’t appropriate then and it’s not appropriate now. Check out rule 2B here.

Now, it’s been a long time since I’ve been in Grade 7 or 8 but I still remember her lesson to us. Yet, I do see it almost every day. It still gets under my skin because we had it drilled into us. I have a huge smile and memory when I read this article.

PC Party’s apostrophe problem prompts satirical fundraiser

If you check out the PC Party of Ontario, the image captured in the article remains on their website.

Now, I’m not perfect – not by a long shot but I still remember her message about this and so many other writing tips. Sadly, when you see things done incorrectly over and over again, they do start to look correct. If there ever was a message about the need to proofread, this is it. Periodically, things do get through and I so appreciate it when someone brings a faux pas to my attention and I’ll immediately fix it and pass along my thanks.

I’m puzzled why someone in the Conservative Party didn’t read the news article above and pass it along to someone to correct it. Like maybe a certain Minister?

I’ve been through the rules many times and agree with Mr. Blauer that it’s just incorrect. I knew it and I’m certainly not an expert in the language; just someone who remembered one particular lesson.

As we know, media can be used to convey messages and I’ve tried to see if I could stretch it to mean something but I just can’t do it.

I know that we can be manipulated by media. There are a couple of other things I don’t get.

One is the Conservative lawn sign. Jaimie and I walked by one and wonder about the trillium that is inside the C on the right of the sign. All I can see is the C being a Pacman character chomping down on the trillium. Do you see it too?

Finally, there’s the slogan “Get It Done”. Does anyone else immediately think about Larry the Cable Guy?

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