Spotted in the title of a YouTube video posted by the official Olympics channel:
Seen on an Orrazz.com listicle about Google and privacy:
Jordan Eisen sent a screenshot of the home page of Tutch, a web design company in England. They tout themselves as being perfectionists, but their home page had a few apostrophe issues.
(The whole page could use a good copy-editing in general. For starters, “every font poured over” should be “pored over”.)
Thanks to Jordan for pointing out this site to us!
Another one for the Wired Wall of Shame, this time from a Wired Design story about Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app.
On a CBS slideshow about Comic Con memories:
(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:
And on the web site of an Asian restaurant in American Fork, Utah:
(Note the page title right above is correctly just “Promotions”.)
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.
… like on this head-mounted flashlight package…
… or on this poster at the KFC in American Fork, Utah…
Today’s Bad Non-Apostrophe comes to us courtesy of The Late Show with David Letterman, specifically, the Top Ten Things You Don’t Want to Hear From the Person Sitting Next to Your [sic] On A Plane.
Interestingly, the video that actually aired on The Late Show was correct. So some intern who transcribed the list for the web is probably to blame.
In my TV post last week, I highlighted a few sites on which I’d seen a Bad Apostrophe or two, including GeekZenith. But as I was browsing around his site, I saw several more apostrophe problems in GZ’s stories. In fact, from the half-dozen posts that I clicked into, I found BAs in all but one of them. In short, he has a consistent problem with punctuation.
He really covers the gamut of types of Bad Apostrophes, too. From “it’s”…
… to general possession…
… to present-tense verbs…
… to plurals…
… and even names.
I’m sure that if I kept reading this guy’s site, I’d amass quite the collection of BAs — one to rival that of the Wired writers. But I don’t plan to go back, because aside from the apostrophe errors, he also had lots of other grammar problems and I didn’t find his writing particularly insightful.
Eric Farnsworth has sent us another Bad Apostrophe, putting him well ahead of any other submitter when it comes to sheer number of contributions. He’s always asking me, “Is this a BA, or is it correct?” Well this time, it certainly is a BA.
I asked him where he found this political cartoon, and he replied, “from an annoying friend who’s about to get unfriended cuz that’s all she posts all day long… Oh wait, you meant originally… No. It was posted on one of those FB pages that’s nothing but funny crap people share.” I haven’t been able to track down an original source. If you know where this came from, please let me know in the comments.