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Rogue apostrophe at the BBC

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BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place at the ...

The bods at the BBC really should know better. Here’s the headline currently at the bottom of the screen in relation to BBC News’ coverage of the procession through Wootton Bassett of our fallen soldiers:

Soldiers’ repatriated

Soldiers’? That apostrophe should not be there. And – it’s as if the BBC has hacked into my computer to monitor my every utterance as I write because they’ve just corrected the headline to:

Soldiers repatriated

With no apostrophe — which is what it should have said in the first place.

Read a user-friendly guide to possessive apostrophes

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  1. Great!

    I also sometimes find such errors in Indian newspapers.


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