Your Joking

You're CVI was in Stockport with my camera today for a little project I’ve got in mind when I spotted the sign on the left in a sandwich shop on Greek Street.

I think it’s a bit of a collector’s item. I’ve seen plenty of examples people using ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’ but can’t recall a single example of that mistake being made the other way round.

Nothing to do with my project of course, but more about that later.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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  • Stickler Pudding 2nd September 2012

    How ironic that “collectors item”(sic) should read “collector’s item” with an apostrophe. I hope your project is about getting to grips with the said apostrophe. It’s a slippery little bugger. Not surprising that it looks like a tiny tadpole. I hope you get the job in the sandwich shop and quickly learn how to put together the famous “Mega Breakfast Barm”.

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  • Roger Green 2nd September 2012

    It is inevitable that when one corrects grammar, one makes his/her own error. It’s karma, it’s kismet.
    But to be fair, terms of possession are pretty slippery. It’s Presidents Day in the US, not Presidents’ Day, though in fact, it’s technically Washington’s Birthday. http://www.opm.gov/operating_status_schedules/fedhol/2013.asp

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  • rhymeswithplague 2nd September 2012

    The last sign I saw that made me grind my teeth was “Employee’s must wash their hands before returning to work.” This is admittedly different from “your” and “you’re” but I had to get it off my chest or burst.

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  • Mr Parrot 2nd September 2012

    I did think hard about that apostrophe, but it is a difficult one. Is ‘collectors’ singular or plural? (It’s the item itself that’s singular, of course) I suppose I could have chickened out and talked about ‘an item for a collector’ but then that would have ruined the idiom and I would have definitely have come down in favour of the singular subject. In the end I went for Roger’s Presidents Day solution!

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  • Stickler Pudding 3rd September 2012

    The indefinite article “a” indicates a single collector who may indeed be representative of an army of collectors.

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  • Mr Parrot 3rd September 2012

    That may be true of the collector, however the indefinite article does refer to the ‘item’ because of the preceding ‘…it’s a bit of a…’.

    I wish I hadn’t written this post now!

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  • Trevor Rowley 3rd September 2012

    Nothing to it, really. There has to be an apostrophe in there to denote possession. Where to put it? I would have thought at the end of the word therefore indicating a number of collectors (on the basis that if an item can only be aimed at one collector then it isn’t really much of a collectable). However, in this case, we must assume that Mr P thought that the item would appeal to a much wider audience than just one collector.

    Question: Is it always safe to follow your assumptions?

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  • rhymeswithplague 3rd September 2012

    Following your assumptions can get your face slapped or your behind kicked. Never follow your assumptions. (I do not speak from experience but from observation.)

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