Saturday 24 February 2018

'Grammar vigilante' corrects rogue apostrophes on business signs in the dead of night

'Grammar vigilante' Credit: BBC Points West/SWNS
'Grammar vigilante' Credit: BBC Points West/SWNS

If you eye roll dramatically every time a business adds a redundant apostrophe to their sign or fails to add one where one should be then you'll want to high five Bristol's self-proclaimed 'grammar vigilante'.

The anonymous figure, who is a qualified professional by day, trawls the streets at night to fix grammar mistakes on the signs of local businesses.

Using his 'apostrophiser' which he built himself, he either places a sticker over redundant apostrophes or adds missing apostrophes.

He kicked off his nighttime hobby over a decade ago by removing the second apostrophe from 'Amy's Nail's' and since then he has tackled the signs of a variety of businesses from estate agents to hairdressers.

"What I'm doing is sticking on a bit of sticky-backed plastic," he told the BBC.

"It is a worse crime to have all these errant apostrophes on shops and garages and I just think it is going to teach the youth of tomorrow the wrong grammar."

A documentary on the 'grammar vigilante' will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 tonight.

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