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Why is our English language being eaten away by P.C. Bridgade. Link below, Opinions please?
Sick of this country, doing this and that.
here is the link to the story.

Birmingham City Council bans apostrophes from road signs

http://www.birminghampost.net/new s/west-midlands-news/2009/01/29/b irmingham-city... copy
Supplement from 01/30/2009 06:52pm:
Be on the news now. (ITV.)

asked in english, words, going

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Because they don't have the guts, to show them THE FINGER.

Supplement from 01/30/2009 08:00pm:

IMO, this warrants closer scrutiny. Why is this Council diverting funds, meant for the provision of it's services, in this way?

In effect, creating a funding shortfall, thus requiring continuous revision of services provided.

It smells distinctly 'Fishy' to me.

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blacksmith81 answers:

It's just another example of lowering standards to cater for the masses who can't be bothered to learn, at the expense of people who care about our language and traditions.

If anyone doesn't understand where to put an apostrophe it's simple enough to learn the rule.

It's the same with all rules, it seems - if people keep breaking them, get rid of the rules.

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imfeduptoo answers:

As imfeduptoo says, it's pandering to the masses but in addition to that I think it's a reflection of the level of illiterarcy now present at all levels of our public services and business. Unfortunately, the majority of these people wouldn't know where to place an apostrophe and that's why they have made the decision not to include them on road signs. If they are not there you can't be accused on placing them incorrectly.
I work for the NHS and I never cease to be astounded by the errors in written work. Punctuation seems to be treated in the same way as pepper on a meal - just to be sprinkled randomly!!

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seacommander answers:

I am afraid it is the sign of the times. As each generation comes into being then things change. my biggest gripe at the moment is the youngsters you can only write in text form.They leave me a message and it can take ages trying to decipher and work out what it is.
The three "R" as they used to be called are not taught these days correctly either by parent or teacher I am sorry to say.
So in a few years time "ur" will replace "you are" and eventually all puntuation will cease as most youngsters do not use it now when texting people

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macavity answers:

Can you read Chaucer fluently?

Of course you can't, because language evolves. I agree that this is working to the lowest common denominator, but we must accept that that our language will change over time. Otherwise, we will end up like King Canute, trying to hold back time and tide!

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robinsamuels answers:

Down here in dear old sub-fascist Lewes the local council has even banned centuries old whole street names!

One street (that even Lycos would blue pencil if I didn't disguise it) is C.o.c.k.s.h.u.t Lane. Admittedly is raises a snigger or two from smutty minded seven year olds but...it was named because of the old river that has been flowing alongside it ever since wooly mammoths were running around in short pants and sandals.

If this keeps up we'll all be living in Mary Whitehouse Avenue.

Seriously though I like the astute observation that if we disregard apostrophes, what's the point of teaching kids about full stops, colons, question marks etc?

I cannot see why our so-called wise councillors should ever bother. It is not as though they don't have more important things to do.

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P-Kasso answers:

I can "sort of" understand the reasoning behind it - apostrophes today are more often misused than correctly placed, so by eliminating them altogether they will make fewer mistakes in signs.

There are plenty of clever students who still seem to think that every plural needs an apostrophe before it.

But it is a shame that once again our language is brought down to the standard of those that cannot use it properly, rather than illiteracy being tackled by education.

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