February 2nd, 2009 18:35 EST
English City Bans Apostrophes From Street Signs
"On the streets of Birmingham, the queen`s English is now the queens English.
England`s second-largest city has decided to drop apostrophes from all its street signs, saying they`re confusing and old-fashioned.
But some purists are downright possessive about the punctuation mark.
This week, the council made it official, saying it was banning the punctuation mark from signs in a bid to end the dispute once and for all."
The Associated Press
In America butchering the Queen`s English is a sport, but we expect the British to dot the "I`s" and cross the "T`s". I am shocked and devastated that Birmingham has decided to ban punctuation marks from street signs.
How can school teachers in America convince their young charges to punctuate correctly, when the Brits have basically said: To hell with punctuation.
Apostrophes may be old-fashioned but they aren`t confusing, in fact the lack of punctuation is very confusing. I pray that the Birmingham council will have a change of heart, the thought of an English city banning punctuation is frightening.
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