Apostrophe ban on Devon council's new street names

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Berna Bleeker
Local time: 02:12
Member (2011)
English to Dutch
It's not true Mar 20, 2013

Darnit, I can't find the original article where I read about this. But what actually happened wasn't that they were just going to leave out apostrophes. The idea was to avoid giving new streets names that needed them in the first place.

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 02:12
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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that does sound more sensible Mar 20, 2013

i wondered if that was what they meant but what do we want punctuation for anyway it just confuses everyone

in the old days i believe they alsowrotethewordstogetherwithoutspaces but i think the spaces at least were an improvement

my mother sometimes maintained that if stone age people were able to survive at all then they must have been much more intelligent than we were in the 20th century and the human race has been degenerating ever since

so now we have reached the point where even apostrophes are too difficult for some people

she would have chortled over this story


 

XXXphxxx (X)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:12
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Old news now Mar 20, 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-21835017

 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Baker View Mar 20, 2013



If "Baker View" has no apostrophe, why are people so angry when "Bakers View" doesn't have one either?


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Baker View Mar 21, 2013

Samuel Murray wrote:
If "Baker View" has no apostrophe, why are people so angry when "Bakers View" doesn't have one either?


Because thanks to careful grooming by publications such as the Daily Mail a large section of the population are in a permanent state of hair-trigger apoplexy, ready to explode at the the slightest sign of what they perceive as further degeneration of society.

[Edited at 2013-03-21 08:30 GMT]


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:12
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Bakers view Mar 21, 2013

Samuel Murray wrote:



If "Baker View" has no apostrophe, why are people so angry when "Bakers View" doesn't have one either?


Bakers only view when they're watching TV.


 

Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:12
German to English
Spaces between words.. Mar 22, 2013

Christine Andersen wrote:


in the old days i believe they alsowrotethewordstogetherwithoutspaces but i think the spaces at least were an improvement


Hey, they are still doing that in Germany... smiles

Steve K.


 

Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 02:12
Italian to English
Boustrophedon Mar 22, 2013

Christine Andersen wrote:

in the old days i believe they alsowrotethewordstogetherwithoutspaces but i think the spaces at least were an improvement



WORSETHANTHATCHRISTINESOMEANCIENTPEOPLES
CNIETIRWOTDESUSKEERGEHTDNASETITTIHEHTEKIL
APITALSWITHNOSPACESLEFTTORIGHTANDTHENRIGH
NOITAUTCNUPONHTIWSENILETANRETLANOTFELOTT



[Edited at 2013-03-22 15:16 GMT]


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 02:12
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Donttelltheclients Mar 22, 2013

Giles Watson wrote:

Christine Andersen wrote:

in the old days i believe they alsowrotethewordstogetherwithoutspaces but i think the spaces at least were an improvement



WORSETHANTHATCHRISTINESOMEANCIENTPEOPLES
CNIETIRWOTDESUSKEERGEHTDNASETITTIHEHTEKIL
APITALSWITHNOSPACESLEFTTORIGHTANDTHENRIGH
NOITAUTCNUPONHTIWSENILETANRETLANOTFELOTT



[Edited at 2013-03-22 15:16 GMT]


I know, and
some clients are revertingtoit whenthey convertfromPDFs sothey canreduce the wordcount and keepthe ratedown.


 

Ambrose Li  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 20:12
Chinese to English
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what, not who Mar 24, 2013

The article ends with the comment “However, it declined to comment further and did not elaborate on who might be confused by the use of correct punctuation.”

This, of course, is asking the wrong question. It is not a who, but a what, that is being confused by apostrophes. The apostrophe is one of a small number of punctuation marks that routinely confuses computers (or rather poorly written software…).


 


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