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Thread #39822   Message #566484
Posted By: Jim Dixon
06-Oct-01 - 09:21 PM
Thread Name: For pedants only
Subject: RE: For pedants only
There is a daily feature in the St. Paul Pioneer Press called Bulletin Board, of which I am a faithful reader and occasional contributor. There, they often refer to the "Apostrophe Redistribution Center." Here are three recent items:

Oopp's! Notes Mutti:
"Item for the Apostrophe Redistribution Center:
"Seen painted on the back of a Yellow Taxi, a sign soliciting driver applicants to call their phone number reads 'YOUR'E HIRED!' "

Oopp's! Here's ck of parts unknown:
"Anyone missing any apostrophes? Today's ad in the Marketplace section of our favorite newspaper reads: 'Wally McCarthy Say's KEEP AMERICA ROLLING! 0% APR FINANCING ON ALL NEW PONTIAC'S AND GMC'S.'

Oopp's! From The Wordsmith of St. Paul:
"Does the Apostrophe Redistribution Center have a branch office at the Pioneer Press? [Bulletin Board notes: There used to be one -- until the entire staff accepted early-retirement packages.] If not, please arrange for the establishment of one immediately.
"A Sunday headline: 'Protestors' shift focus from anti-globalization to anti-war after Sept. 11.'
"In Monday's Express section [in a "Parenting" article by John Rosemond]: 'Television is potentially toxic to children because it is, by it's nature, graphic.' "