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The Children’s apostrophe

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Title page of Peter and Wendy
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It’s a double whammy – a notice in a bookshop (of all places) aimed at children (of all people):

Childrens Reading Area

That should, of course, be:

Children’s Reading Area

Did I a retrieve a pen from my bag, take a swift look around to make sure no one was looking, and insert the missing apostrophe in the interests of small readers everywhere?

I couldn’t possibly say.

Read a user-friendly guide to apostrophes



Written by Wordwatch

09/11/2009 at 4:36 pm

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