I spotted this on Gawker:
running with the Chihuahua’s
But it’s obvious that they just copy-pasted the quote from the original My Fox Phoenix story:
running with the Chihuahua’s
Then there were the “Valentines” plural BAs from my The Simpsons: Tapped Out game:
(Hint: the holiday is named “Valentine’s Day” after St. Valentine. The individual cards that you give to your loved ones are called “Valentines” — he doesn’t own them.)
… so there must be a few “it’s” BAs in our queue.
We begin with yet another Wired BA, this one from Wired Design’s Joseph Flaherty discussing a children’s book with 3D-printable characters.
appreciate it’s capabilities Bad Apostrophe
Next, we have the home page of CakeFest, a conference for web developers using the CakePHP framework. (Not the first time we’ve caught programmers using Bad Apostrophes.)
open source at it’s very best
Case in point, our very next entry, from the Twitter feed of the XBMC project announcing the beta release of its new version. (Tell me that’s not a coder running that Twitter account.)
on it’s way
And finally, for a little variety, an “its” that should have been “it’s”, instead of the other way around. This comes from /Film writer Germain Lussier, transcribing a telephone interview with Need for Speed director Scott Waugh.
its all real
Here’s a few new-media BA gems that I’ve found on Twitter recently.
First, this unneeded acronym apostrophe from the official Internet Explorer Twitter account.
Next, another Mythbusters “it’s” gaffe.
sets it’s targets on
Finally, from the generally funny “Modern Seinfeld” Twitter account (@SeinfeldToday), a present-tense verb with an extra apostrophe that’s not so amusing.
mugger let’s him keep it
Look guys, I understand that the Internet is a whole new world for writers, but if you’ve only got 140 characters to use on a single post, don’t make one of them a redundant apostrophe.
Here’s a couple of “its” errors I spotted recently. First, on a The Next Web story about Android apps for power users:
it’s feature list
Next, last night my kids wanted to make Harry Potter character Miis on our Nintendo Wii. I pulled up MiiCharacters.com to find instructions for a Ginny Weasley Mii, and found this:
from it’s .mii file
From a local furniture store’s advertisement:
From The Simpsons: Tapped Out game:
your neighbors possessions
When the snows on the ground
Okay, this last one’s not from the holiday update, it’s from the Level 37 update.
Van Houten’s are late bloomers
Last week, I brought you our adventures in NYC (at least as they relate to grammar). We had a side trip up to Sharon, Vermont and its environs, and amazingly, I found some Bad Apostrophes there, too!
At the LDS Church’s Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial:
it’s glowing fireplace
These two came from an apple cider mill we visited:
is it’s equivalent
And at a maple syrup farm:
tree make it’s food
I recently went to the Big Apple with my wife, which gave me a whole new place to discover BAs. Interestingly enough, these examples are all plurals turned into possessives by errant apostrophes.
At Grand Central Station, someone was kind enough to cross out the BA in this sign before I got there:
Authorized Employee’s Only
At a pizzeria in SoHo called Famous Ben’s Pizza:
Deep Fried Oreo’s
At a deli in Little Italy:
Monday’s we will be open
And finally, what must certainly be the oldest BA that I’ve uncovered so far: an 1836 painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Edward Hicks. It’s officially called Penn’s Treaty, but the caption on the painting itself reads “Wm. Penn’s Treaty with the Indian’s 1681.”
Treaty with the Indian’s
Coming up next, the photos from our side trip to Vermont.
Here’s a few simple plurals that should just end in the letter ‘s’ but for some reason the writer included an apostrophe anyway. True Bad Apostrophes.
Spotted on a Utah.com page about renting a houseboat on Lake Powell:
Wahweap & Bullfrog Marina’s
Seen on the online version of a Late Show Top Ten List:
Monkey’s lacking opposable thumbs
(The version that aired on TV correctly said “monkeys” not “monkey’s”.)
Monkeys (correct on TV)
And spotted at my local grocery store:
We’ve got a couple of “it’s” errors, both from frequent BA offenders.
From The Big Bang Theory‘s Facebook feed:
evolution at it’s finest
From a Wired Design story:
enhance it’s auto-tagging efforts
… despite what these guys would tell you.
An email I got from a local ski-rental shop:
A news story on Discovery.com about a robotic wildcat:
its the fastest