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
The Simpsons: Tapped Out game that I play had a massive Halloween update this year. It was a lot of fun, but I had a few problems with it (and not just the fog that was cool for the first 2 minutes, and got really annoying after that).
drink Homers blood
(Both of these should be “friends’ towns” — you have more than one friend, each with one town apiece.)
And this BA didn’t specifically come with the Halloween update (rather, it was part of the Level 36 storyline), but it happened during the month of October, so I’m counting it:
I see some irony in the game’s copywriters including a Bad Apostrophe in a sentence that’s supposed to communicate how smart and nerdy Martin is.
This was one of my first Bad Apostrophes, three years ago. This was its little brother the next year. And now, brand new for 2013, we have their new little cousin.
lot’s of goodies
This flyer has been redesigned since 2011, and I think the new version looks a lot nicer. It’s too bad that they didn’t bother to have an editor look it over, because they’ve had the same error on their flyer for at least four years running.
I visited Zion National Park last weekend and found all of these signs and labels in tourist stores in small Utah towns near the park.
At “The Zion Prospector” in Springdale, Utah:
Made by the Piute Indian’s
Picasso Marble Wond’s and Agate Slab’s
(What exactly is a “wond” anyway?)
At “Fort Virgin” in Virgin, Utah:
Best Burger’s Ever!
Cactus Delectable’s LLC
(This one’s not the fault of the store; rather, the company that created the cactus jelly.)
My sister-in-law Alaura pointed out the many grammatical problems with this sign at a Texaco gas station in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Employee must wash there hand’s
A pair of “it’s” errors I found in my regular reading of TV news.
First, in an Entertainment Weekly interview with Joss Whedon:
it’s 2003 average
Next, in a HitFix/Comic Book Resources slideshow about the new Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (I refuse to put in those silly periods):
Here’s some more game-related problems I found since my last Foolish Games post.
In Jetpack Joyride‘s “purchase” screen:
Like its going out of fashion
In Candy Crush Saga:
In Your Teddy Bear:
Pet Lover’s Rejoice
And another pair of problems from The Simpsons: Tapped Out:
out of it’s nostril
(To be clear, the character’s name is “Chalmers” and he owns a Honda, or an “_onda” in this case. It should be “Chalmers’ _onda” or “Chalmers’s _onda,” depending on which side of the AP/Chicago Manual war you side with.)
Unfortunately, these possessive examples try to make up their own rules for proper apostrophe usage.
First, yet another goof from the official Mythbusters Facebook account.
Kari’s dogs names
(They got that Kari’s needed an apostrophe, but forgot that dogs’ needed one too!)
Next, this online calorie calculator that my wife tried once (and where I immediately noticed the erroneous “it’s”).
IIFYM calculator is first of it’s kind