Apostrophe Catastrophes: Birmingham Bans Apostrophes

Old story you'll have seen by now, but I'm linking to this version for three reasons: 1) I like the idea of the website "Apostrophe Catastrophes" existing, 2) They link through to a Post article "rendered useless" by the fact it's got no apostrophes at all in the article – even in the examples of different ways to spell King's Heath. Either Paul Dale is having an elaborate joke, or the web site isn't quite working, and 3) I can do the "Birmingham:Its Not Shit" joke – "Brum owns 'Not Shit"… [link]

  • Fair cop. Sod’s Law of Journalism #32 states: “When publishing a story in which correct punctuation and the use of the apostrophe is the very subject of said story, a bod in Canary Wharf will choose THAT VERY MOMENT to press a button marked ‘upload story and strip rogue characters including punctuation'”. Oh, the irony.

  • The perils of the interweb and punctuation, maybe it makes Cllr. Mullaney’s point for him, or not ;)