O’Mama and I were in a local food store yesterday when I noticed this:
O’Mama gently and politely pointed the gaff out to the cashier while I was snapping the picture with my iPhone. While I can’t attest to the cashier’s demeanor before we arrived, she was decidedly cold and unfriendly as O’Mama explained, kindly and without any snobbery in her tone, that the apostrophe is unnecessary in the sign. The girl checked us out with a set jaw and without making eye contact, and I was sure she was thinking decidedly unhappy thoughts as concerned our persons. O’Mama suggested on the way out that perhaps it was she who wrote the sign in the first place.
Dudley forwarded me this article yesterday. The thesis of the piece is that stress from the weakening economy is causing an increase in incidents like O’Mama and I were a part of yesterday. People, feeling helpless about things like the security of their jobs or whether or not they’ll be able to keep up with their mortgages, are finding it satisfying to pick on things they CAN control, like other people’s spelling and grammar errors.
I’m going to admit here that I’m pretty sure that theory does not apply to me. I’ve been correcting grammar and spelling errors where I find them since long before the economy started gagging, so I can’t use stress as an excuse.