Monday, October 29, 2018
The bane of teachers' lives..look at the correct use of the apostrophe!
One of my all time hatreds is the misuse of the apostrophe. It's either
a) in the wrong place e.g. used in plurals rather than to show ownership
b) absent when it is needed.
I know, I know , I have little to be worrying about.
The kids in school did an art competition for the local GAA club, which was trying to promote smoke-free sidelines at matches. The winners received trophies and had their winning entries printed on a poster for display in the school.
Therein lies the problem.
When it arrived it proudly read
St. Patricks School.....WITH NO FRIGGIN' APOSTROPHE!!!
It was nevertheless displayed on the corridor.
Last week I was on yard duty but as it was raining the kids were inside and I was patrolling the corridors. Every time I passed the offending poster I could feel a frisson of tension run through my body. Eventually I could take no more.
As I was passing the office I stuck my head in the door and asked the secretary, who was busy at her desk
"Hey Carol, would you have the loan of a marker please? I want to put in an apostrophe."
She looked up from her keyboard, her eyes opening wide in disbelief.
"You want a what???" she managed to stammer out.
A little taken aback, I re-uttered my request.
"Could I have a marker please? I want to put in an apostrophe?"
Her faced crumbled and she let out a howl of laughter.
"Oh God, Noeleen", She eventually explained. "I thought you said
Can I have the loan of a marker please? I want to put in a SUPPOSITORY!"
When I managed to pick myself off the floor I got my marker and put in my apostrophe.
Funnily enough, when I went to give Carol back her marker, she just looked at it suspiciously and said
"Nah. You can keep it!"