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Novel Ideas Save my molars

Misuse of apostrophes is making Lynne Hackles grind her teeth

‘The pain’s caused from grinding your teeth,’ said the dentist. He recommended a splint to wear during the night. I declined. I already had one and didn’t wear it. I didn’t have much of a problem during the night. It was during the day that I’d grind. What caused it? Facebook, some selfpublished novels, advertisements and signs outside shops. Words.

Yes, my problem was caused by misplaced apostrophes.

I paid my bill, went out into the street and the first thing I saw was a café advertising Teas and Coffee’s. It felt as if I had wing nuts either side of my jaw and someone had just given them an extra twist to tighten them.

I have never understood why signwriters don’t check whether apostrophes are needed before starting work on a sign. Do they simply copy whatever instructions have been given to them? And I’ve never understood why anyone who wants to impress others with their writing can’t work on their punctuation skills or get someone who knows to help them out.

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