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Posted 01 February 2009 - 05:31 AM

I've submitted a few stories to the news desk, and put my name down for joining the news team, but I figured I'd toss this one up in the mean time since it got a laugh out of me for its phrasing:

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.

It seems that Birmingham officials have been taking a hammer to grammar for years, quietly dropping apostrophes from street signs since the 1950s. Through the decades, residents have frequently launched spirited campaigns to restore the missing punctuation to signs denoting such places as "St. Pauls Square" or "Acocks Green."

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.

Councilor Martin Mullaney, who heads the city's transport scrutiny committee, said he decided to act after yet another interminable debate into whether "Kings Heath," a Birmingham suburb, should be rewritten with an apostrophe.

"I had to make a final decision on this," he said Friday. "We keep debating apostrophes in meetings and we have other things to do."

Two things here. First of all, this subtle, cunning plot by Mr. Mullaney against the apostrophe bears all the hallmarks of Darth Sidious.

Secondly, I truly want to live in a place where you can spend a town council meeting yelling at eachother about apostrophes. And then Patty Donahoe from Belfast asks the Prime Minister to take a package home for him, and the right honorable gentleman from Devon starts talking about how much he likes Oasis, and then someone says they're wearing lady's underwear.


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Posted 01 February 2009 - 03:06 PM

...That's ridiculous. That they would spend so much time on that, and also that they would even consider taking away apostrophes. That's just stupid. How is it confusing? I thought Americans had the lead in the race for stupid, but now I'm not so sure.
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