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Misuse of the apostrophe.

Old Aug 9th 2012, 9:32 pm
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Today upon a visit to the ladies I encountered the following signage -


LADIE'S PLEASE PUT ALL TOILET PAPER AND OTHER LITTER IN THE BIN!


Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Why do people insist on throwing them in when a word ends in an 's'?


Learn the rule - contraction or possession

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Old Aug 9th 2012, 11:42 pm
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Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!
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Old Aug 10th 2012, 1:27 am
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Old Aug 10th 2012, 1:36 am
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I'm more bothered by the poop paper going in the bin (and not the toilet) than the hanging apostrophe...
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Old Aug 10th 2012, 5:34 am
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I'm more bothered by the poop paper going in the bin (and not the toilet) than the hanging apostrophe...
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Old Aug 10th 2012, 8:17 am
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I'm more bothered by the poop paper going in the bin (and not the toilet) than the hanging apostrophe...
Sadly, I have to do that in my flat. Many of the toilets aren't designed to have toilet paper flushed down them.

Within the first three months, the toilet became blocked four times. And I don't use that much paper.
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Originally Posted by silversilver View Post
Today upon a visit to the ladies I encountered the following signage -


LADIE'S PLEASE PUT ALL TOILET PAPER AND OTHER LITTER IN THE BIN!


Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Why do people insist on throwing them in when a word ends in an 's'?


Learn the rule - contraction or possession
As an ex-journalist, and someone still working in the writing trade, I know what you mean. I've lost count of how many times I've been tempted to carry a red permanent marker around with me and fix signs.
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Originally Posted by auzdafluff View Post
Sadly, I have to do that in my flat. Many of the toilets aren't designed to have toilet paper flushed down them.

Within the first three months, the toilet became blocked four times. And I don't use that much paper.
Do you know how old your flat is?

I always flushed the toilet tissue down the loo, in Abu Dhabi, and I left the place in the early/mid 90s.
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Originally Posted by auzdafluff View Post
As an ex-journalist, and someone still working in the writing trade, I know what you mean. I've lost count of how many times I've been tempted to carry a red permanent marker around with me and fix signs.
Inserting a redundant comma before the word "and' makes me very angry.
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Inserting a redundant comma before the word "and' makes me very angry.
It's a bracketing comma so is perfectly legal. It's linked to the second comma after trade.
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*Ahem.*
I must stress I don't really pay attention to punctuation when texting or typing on forums or FB however if I was making a sign for the general public to feast their eyes upon on I would make sure it was right. (take note I have used only one full stop in that epic ramble)

I type the way I talk - lots and without a care for pausing or stopping in the right places.
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Originally Posted by auzdafluff View Post
Sadly, I have to do that in my flat. Many of the toilets aren't designed to have toilet paper flushed down them.

Within the first three months, the toilet became blocked four times. And I don't use that much paper.
I have now permanently forgotten the apostrophe and am praying that I don't end up in your apartment block! On a positive note after reading your comment I have now pushed my bowl of Special K to the side........ A few more comments like that and I may be well on the road to a fast.
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Originally Posted by silversilver View Post
I have now pushed my bowl of Special K to the side........ A few more comments like that and I may be well on the road to a fast.
Eating Ketamine for breakfast is not big or clever... Especially during the holy month
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Originally Posted by auzdafluff View Post
Sadly, I have to do that in my flat. Many of the toilets aren't designed to have toilet paper flushed down them.

Within the first three months, the toilet became blocked four times. And I don't use that much paper.
Use the hose. Paper is unnecessary and inefficient.
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This thread is "load of crap"
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