Another Of My Insightful Post's

11 December 2006

I sometimes feel as though I am waging a one-woman battle against the poor spelling, inaccurate punctuation, and general incomprehensibility that seems to be taking over modern communication. But I'm very pleased to report a minor, yet very personal, victory.

In my local shopping centre, there's a shoe repair/engraving shop which featured signs saying "KEY'S CUT". This used to send me into a lather of indignation. These weren't handwritten signs you understand, but professionally made signs someone had ordered and someone else had made up like this. I would pass that stand a couple of times a week, and every time I did a voice in my head would exclaim, "KEY'S CUT? KEY'S CUT!!! It's a plural, not a possessive!" I mean, key's what cut? Does key know you're cutting their stuff?

Then last weekend I was out shopping with some friends, who wandered over to the shop to look at possible christening presents. I followed, saying in a voice that was just possibly a tad too loud, "Oh no you don't! Look at their keys cut sign. Until they learn to punctuate properly they're not getting one red cent out of anyone!"

So I can't tell you how gratified I was to walk past the shop again yesterday and see that the offending apostrophes have been removed. The signs now read "KEY S CUT"
but I'm sure that will be rectified shortly. It's a great victory for anal retentives everywhere!

Anyway, I'm sick of hearing that spelling and punctuation don't really matter, that the basic message is what's important. Compare these sentences:

A woman, without her man, is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing.

I think we all know which is the truism here.


  1. Some may say, I need to get a life...I say, they need to get a dictionary!

  2. Nothing gets up my nose quite like bad spelling and grammar...and there are examples of its misuse everywhere!!

  3. im glad your words have changed the sign nic...being a teacher i feel the same! tremendous!

  4. Anon - and what example are you setting by commenting in that fashion? :P (What happened to the account I gave you? ONTS, What happened to your phone? I tried leaving you a voicemail about it, but it cut off after about 5 seconds!)

  5. Key is usually such a placid guy. He's about as good natured as they come.

    I guess that why when he gets really angry it's big news, and they need the sign.

    I like to see Key's happy. But these days it's usually Key's sitting on the couch watching Key's DVD's.

  6. Well done. Did you read Eats, Shoots & Leaves?

  7. Rowen: :D

    Anon: A while ago I read it, I found myself nodding and laughing.


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