22 September 2009

Signs of the times

ApostropheThis could be so many places around the world, but this time it's Whanganui's Saturday morning market. I suppose it's only a single misplaced apostrophe if one assumes the vendor's name is Hot Chip.

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7 comments:

P.E.A. said...

My local bakery sells gateaux's as well as sausage roll's and - surprisingly - plain 'sandwichs'. I feel an urge to add the apostrophy when I pass their bill- board!

Zhoen said...

And Hot Dog.

So, two misplaced apostrophes.

AJB said...

When the 'Burger Wisconsin' was re-named in town they put up a sign saying it was 'formally Burger Wisconsin'. Kept me laughing every time I went past it for years...

pohanginapete said...

P.E.A., your mention of gateaux's reminds to try a Sahara dessert sometime. After all, there's no excuse, given it seems to be so common ;^)

Zhoen, I'm sure if Coca-cola ended in an 's' the signwriter would have included an apostrophe there, too.

Andrew, that's brilliant. One of my all-time favourites was, I trust, a simple typo: a menu at a restaurant offered what was presumably intended to be a 'Black Angus steak'. Unfortunately, someone had omitted the 'g' from 'Angus'.

AJB said...

Proof-reading menus is always a fun game, although I'd probably be asked to leave if I found one as amusing as that. :)

Barbara said...

No funny menu entries to share (chain restaurants abound here and we're still exploring for 'local flavor'), but I did learn (fyi) that Asa Griggs Candler was a native Georgian who was a well-known druggist here in Atlanta when he bought the formula for Coca-Cola. The carvings on the Candler Building downtown are some of my favorite photographic subjects.

pohanginapete said...

Keep looking, Barbara — I'm sure you'll find something hilarious :^) And I wonder whether Candler had any idea what his purchase would turn into?