March 16, 2013

Council Seeks to Abolish the Apostrophe in Street Signs

A district council in rural Mid Devon, England, is proposing to abolish the use of apostrophes in street signs, arguing that the punctuation mark could cause confusion.

The Telegraph reports the proposal has caused an uproar from critics, who say the precedent could lead to the death of other punctuation marks and even the use of capital letters.

It might be argued also that the effort is a waste of time since only three streets in the district of 78,000 people have apostrophes.

The council is scheduled to vote on the proposal on March 28.

See the report in the Telegraph.

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