Have you heard of this “Grammar vigilante”?
For more than a decade, an unknown corrector of poor English has been venturing out in the dead of night and tidying up the punctuation on Bristol’s shop fronts and street signs. … The man said he began by scratching out an extraneous apostrophe on a sign but had since become more sophisticated and has built an “apostrophiser” – a long-handled piece of kit that allows him to reach up to shop signs to add in, or cover up, offending punctuation marks. “This is a device that enables you to plant an apostrophe quite high up and get over any obstacles,” he said.
My hero! He should make those devices and sell them!
Among the signs he has corrected in and around Bristol – the home town of the street artist Banksy – is a nail shop that used to bear the “gross” sign “Amys Nail’s”. “It was so loud and in your face. I just couldn’t abide it. It grates.”
Hah! I love this guy.
I’m trying to remember the apostrophe error I saw on a business’s truck the other day. Maybe something about getting rid of termite’s. I think business owners owe this guy a debt of gratitude for fixing their signs. Apparently he’s careful and neat about it.