Apostrophe anger at road sign error
Published 22/09/2010 | 15:04
A rogue apostrophe on a town centre sign caused "bewilderment and irritation" when it was pointed out to the chairman of a society set up to protect the much-abused punctuation marks.
The temporary road sign in Hartlepool, stating "Parking Bay's Suspended", was erected in the North East town while gas works were carried out.
The simple, but all-too common, grammatical mistake left John Richards of the Apostrophe Protection Society puzzled by what it was trying to achieve.
The society's founder and chairman said: "My reaction is mainly bewilderment mixed with irritation.
"What on earth does the apostrophe mean?
"On my web page I make it clear that plurals never need an apostrophe.
"The apostrophe obviously still needs protection."
The former newspaper sub-editor runs the apostrophe.org.uk website.
Hartlepool Council denied any blame for the sign.
It was thought to have been erected by a local firm on behalf of one of the utilities.