My buddy Farns sent this BA, along with the message: “I hate to rat out my favorite banking institution ever but a BA is a BA….”
You’re right, Farns: a BA is a BA.
Reader François Auerbach sent in these Bad Apostrophes that he’d spotted on the Internet.
First, from a Provisional University post about Dublin’s Docklands:
Next, François included this problematic pluralization from the Mirror newspaper:
I also spotted another couple of errors in the same article.
Thanks, François, for sending these along!
Update: Shortly after I published this, François sent another BA from Panti Bliss on Facebook.
I found all of these when I was shopping for a new couch at Ashley Furniture.
I did end up with a very nice new sectional, and a few photos of Bad Apostrophes.
I spotted this on Gawker:
But it’s obvious that they just copy-pasted the quote from the original My Fox Phoenix story:
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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:
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 a local furniture store’s advertisement:
From The Simpsons: Tapped Out game:
Okay, this last one’s not from the holiday update, it’s from the Level 37 update.
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:
These two came from an apple cider mill we visited:
And at a maple syrup farm: