Another one for the Wired Wall of Shame, this time from a Wired Design story about Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app.
let’s you | proper API’s
From a Fox News story about ways I Love Lucy would be different today:
The Ricardo’s lived
On a CBS slideshow about Comic Con memories:
in years’ past
(I think someone got confused about what the phrase means. The years aren’t owning anything here, guys.)
And in a Disney.com story about Modern Family:
(Wow, we’ve got CBS, Fox, and ABC… we just need an NBC show to call out here and we’d be have the big four.)
From a GeoTrust knowledge base article about installing SSL certificates:
other web server’s
And on the web site of an Asian restaurant in American Fork, Utah:
(Note the page title right above is correctly just “Promotions”.)
I got this photo in an email from “Gratefoole Dave” (is that his real name?) with a note that it came from Terre Haute, In. No word on which store this sign is advertising.
BOOKS DVD’s GAMES
Dave, thanks for passing this along!
Usually when I showcase stuff that I’ve gotten in my email, it’s from people who are specifically pointing out Bad Apostrophes themselves. ( firstname.lastname@example.org, yo! )
But this time, we’re talking about regular emails that I got from companies that unintentionally contained BAs. First up, Discount Filters. My wife finally replaced the water filter in our fridge (we’d been putting it off for 8 years!), and we got this email:
Discount Filters – on it’s way
Next, Cold Stone Creamery sent this to me back in June:
Come on, guys! Have a copy editor take a quick look at your stuff before you send it out! (Especially if it’s going to be used as an email template going forward.)
This BNA from the Huffington Post came on my radar back in March, but I’m just getting around to posting it now.
lets not forget
I promise, if you send in a BA, I’ll be quicker about posting it than this one.
I took my family to Disney World and all I got was this lousy post about a few Bad Non-Apostrophes.
First, the confirmation email that Advantage Rent A Car sent us:
Next, at Magic Kingdom on the Swiss Family Treehouse:
And finally, when we took a side trip to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, I found out that pirates plunge.
(Should be “Pirate’s Plunge” to indicate ownership.)
“it’s” BAs (and “its” BNAs) are our number one issue on Bad Apostrophes. People just don’t seem to understand how “it’s” is supposed to work. (Personally, I don’t find it to be a difficult proposition.)
From the documentation of Setasign’s FPDI project:
it’s bookmark outline is gone
From a ScreenCrush article on the Avengers movie:
ScreenCrush – obtaining it’s PG-13 rating
From a CBS.com article discussing The Good Wife:
CBS – its time to say goodbye
In an email from Rita’s Italian Ice:
Rita’s – making it’s debut
On a TotalBeauty.com slideshow talking about which cosmetic surgeries are most popular in which states:
Total Beauty – to be it’s bustiest
(In addition to the BA, I also take exception to the description of Utah as part of the Northwest. “Mountain West” or just “the West,” sure. “Northwest,” no.)
From a Damn Interesting article on a crazy guy who won on the game show Press Your Luck:
beyond it’s 30-minute format
From an Overthinking It article on the “case of the week” phenomenon:
its important that
Usually when a sentence contains “its” and a Bad Apostrophe, the problem usually comes from confusing “it’s” (“it is”) and “its” (something belonging to an “it”). But this story from the Herald Journal newspaper in Logan, Utah incorrectly apostrophizes a plural instead.
I was watching BYUtv’s hit sketch comedy program Studio C with my family, and I spotted this in Season 1 Episode 8 (and later on the YouTube video of the song in question):
your walking hand in hand
At this point, I’d like to be able to make a crack about the University of Utah, but BYUtv is associated with my alma mater… so we’ll just leave it at that.
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.