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Don't Be That Guy
One of my family's favorite (obscure?) quotes comes from PCU: "What's this? You're wearing the shirt of the band you're going to see? Don't be that guy."

For the most part, we've pared it down to just "Don't be that guy."

Today I went for one of my usual meals: a salad at Quiznos. At the ordering station was a sign that stated, "We're out of tomatoe's".

I looked at the sign and harrumphed. I ordered my salad and stewed. I paid for my meal and weighed the pros and cons. Realizing I had to, I just had to, I took out my pen and put a big X over the ' in tomatoes.

I mean really, I can't take it any more. Why is it the ' is being so abused all of the sudden? It keeps appearing where it shouldn't and not appearing where it should. Did everyone wake up one day and simultaneously forget the function of an ' ? Sure, it may be small and not take up much space, but surely it deserves better than this?

Apparently, I'm now that guy. And I'm finding it really hard to regret it.


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adriana_is From: adriana_is Date: June 9th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not surprising that this happens often. And, you're not "that guy", not by a long shot.
fiveandfour From: fiveandfour Date: June 10th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
It doesn't seem that hard to understand the function of an apostrophe! Two uses, people Just two!

And I'm sure my husband will have another opinion on my "that guy" status when I tell him about this. :-)
sartorias From: sartorias Date: June 9th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm That Gal.

Death to the Apostrophe Abusers! (Or at least taxes.)
fiveandfour From: fiveandfour Date: June 10th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm about one more apostrophe abuse away from carrying around wite-out and a variety of pens & markers to help show people the error of their ways.
lizardek From: lizardek Date: June 10th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey! Join the club!! :D
fiveandfour From: fiveandfour Date: June 10th, 2008 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
And the angels sang!

(I saw one of the entries came from someone in Penticton, BC - a place my family vacationed when I was a kid and I still think of with fondness. It's like I was meant to see that website today.)
montyollie From: montyollie Date: June 10th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
LOLOL! No no no, don't regret it! You are awesome! I love it!

I absolutely hate the rogue apostrophe too. It's not rocket science.
fiveandfour From: fiveandfour Date: June 10th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
What I find weird is how the misuse has just exploded all of the sudden. I don't get why people find the apostrophe so complicated. Semi-colon or even colon misuse I'll give a person. But an apostrophe? Come on!
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