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(Cambridge News)   Cambridge, England residents fear for their safety in wake of city council's decision to: a) gut public works funding, b) dismantle police department, or c) omit apostrophes from street signs   (cambridge-news.co.uk) divider line 42
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2014-01-20 02:23:21 PM
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2014-01-20 03:06:12 PM
Well it is kind of annoying to try to rely on a street sign for information and it not having that proper information for an arbitrary reason.
 
2014-01-20 03:08:14 PM
I farking hate that "safety" is the main reasoning for stupid changes now. When did we all become so soft?
 
2014-01-20 03:08:15 PM
Cambridge, England resident's fear for their safety in wake of city council's decision to: a) gut public work's funding, b) dismantle police department, or c) omit apostrophe's from street sign's

FTFY, subby
 
2014-01-20 03:08:34 PM
Punc-tuation! Punc, punc, punc, punc-tuation!
They are the lit-tle marks that use their in-flu-ence...to help a street sign make. More. Sense!
 
2014-01-20 03:14:11 PM
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2014-01-20 03:15:49 PM
Too right old chap!!!

www.cherwell.org!!!
 
2014-01-20 03:17:12 PM
Just as we'll it doesn't apply to existing streets.  Bene't Street is a classic.

But Fark seems to struggle with a HTML cut'n'paste

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bene't_Street
 
2014-01-20 03:18:11 PM
This. Is. Ridiculous. FangQ FrancoFile!
 
2014-01-20 03:24:05 PM
Omitting the comma after the state or country name following the city still okay.
 
2014-01-20 03:34:00 PM
static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-01-20 03:34:03 PM
It's appalling. Bad enough they replace the "walk/don't walk" signs with the red and green ones by saying that not everyone speaks English, but who looks at those any way? Look both ways and don't get run down. Once almost got run down by a texter driving, yelled at him, he got pissed off, and pulled over, acting macho. I told him if he didn't like to call the cops, and they can investigate the pot smell coming from his car. Wasn;t in Colorado.
/Like to ride my bike.
//See lotsa nice people, lotsa a55holes.
 
2014-01-20 03:39:02 PM
How will they know that they are at Queens' college Cambridge not Queen's college Oxford?
 
2014-01-20 03:41:32 PM

Tigger: How will they know that they are at Queens' college Cambridge not Queen's college Oxford?


Check the Boat Race results.
 
2014-01-20 03:45:29 PM
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2014-01-20 03:51:29 PM
ohmygodwhothehellcares.jpg

Sometimes people need to recognize that whether you are right or not is irrelevant, the topic you are spending time complaining about just isn't worth worrying about.

Teaching children good grammar so that meaning is more precisely conveyed or understood: worth spending time on.
Worrying about whether new streets have a rule in which no non-alphabetical characters are allowed: not worth spending time on.

If you are worried that children won't learn proper apostrophe use due to the lack of its occurrence on street signs, you have a serious mental issue and should consult with a psychiatrist or other professional, or learn to have some farking perspective.
 
2014-01-20 03:53:49 PM

Tigger: How will they know that they are at Queens' college Cambridge not Queen's college Oxford?


The witheringly sarcastic comments and the stripes on the ties?
 
2014-01-20 04:01:09 PM
This is the kind of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.
 
2014-01-20 04:09:10 PM
In Quebec things got really silly with l'apostrophe showing up on some store signs....

http://www.tomifobia.com/eaton.html

http://metacritique.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/what-ever-happened-to-t he -apostrophe/

TABERNAC!
Sadly, Eatons (or Eaton) is no more :(
 
2014-01-20 04:09:13 PM
www.wordswithdummies.com
 
2014-01-20 04:11:54 PM
Went round in circles with a violin shop that 'cello is spelled with a "pos." His proof was a computer printout, all upper case, no punctuation that spelled it CELLO. Claimed he'd never seen the word with an apostrophe. Of course, he was from the future and not Oxford.

I keep a picture of that violoncello to this day. encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2014-01-20 04:14:38 PM
I'm still waiting for a farker's analysis of the grammar on the About page of the Good Grammar Company's website.
 
2014-01-20 04:28:44 PM

Tigger: How will they know that they are at Queens' college Cambridge not Queen's college Oxford?


The color of the scarves, the presence of the Mathematical Bridge, and the quality of the squash courts.
 
2014-01-20 04:30:38 PM
ya' know, if I had known it was always "c" or "d" where applicable, I would have a masters now and be pulling in a cool six figures.
 
2014-01-20 04:31:46 PM
Street signs have apostrophes?
 
2014-01-20 04:35:35 PM
I'm sure Bob has something to shout about this.
 
2014-01-20 04:38:57 PM
Curse those damned space nutters and boffins in Cambridge
 
2014-01-20 04:51:04 PM
Just write a sentence above the name with commas in the right place.
 
2014-01-20 04:51:31 PM
In the United States, apostrophes are mostly forbidden for geographic place names because it's thought that they could imply possession. So it's Harpers Ferry, not Harper's Ferry, to avoid that implication. Even mythical figures don't escape the axe, which is why it's named Devils Tower, not Devil's Tower.

There's a good discussion of the topic here.
 
2014-01-20 04:52:45 PM
Filter threw out the URL...Google this if you're interested:

Theres a Question Mark Hanging Over the Apostrophes Future
 
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2014-01-20 05:44:56 PM
Eats shoots and leaves.
 
2014-01-20 05:48:25 PM
This is almost as bad as when they removed all of the commas from the street signs in Oxford.
 
2014-01-20 05:50:54 PM
But Kathy Salaman, director of the Longstanton-based Good Grammar Company, said it was a "dreadful" idea.

i651.photobucket.com


"Dropping apostrophes is pandering to the lowest denominator ~."

Future mayor of Cambridge:

i651.photobucket.com


The city council's policy also bans street names which would be "difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell", as well as names that "could give offence" or would "encourage defacing of nameplates".

East Cambridgeshire District Council has gone further, stating: "Names capable of deliberate misinterpretation such as Hoare Lane should be avoided."


Here's your solution, Brits:

Replace all streets with dirt and briars. Turn the center of the town into a big concrete courtyard and shove everything into large buildings at the courtyard periphery.

i651.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-20 06:07:29 PM
Apostrophe catastrophe. Mine. Band name for emo trio. Also, East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire ban apostrophes too - but they are allowed in south Cambridgeshire. Does this mean all the out of work apostrophes will be immigrating to S. Cambridge? Like all mt Pothead friends whom are moving to Calerahder? Oh, the humidity!
 
2014-01-20 06:07:56 PM
So, ask the "Oxford Comma" how it feels about the "Cambridge Apostrophe."
 
2014-01-20 06:08:29 PM
safetycap:

Here's your solution, Brits:

Replace all streets with dirt and briars. Turn the center of the town into a big concrete courtyard and shove everything into large buildings at the courtyard periphery.

[i651.photobucket.com image 850x637]


That's not even the center of a city, hell its not really the centre of Scheveningen. But the center of Den Haag is a bit like Cambridge (if you take out a lot of the large modern goverment buildings.)
 
2014-01-20 07:25:28 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-20 08:50:51 PM
I dont get it.  Whats the problem?
 
2014-01-20 08:51:22 PM

Genju: [static.fjcdn.com image 850x530]


If you find that confusing - its too late for you.
 
2014-01-21 12:09:01 AM
The city council's policy also bans street names which would be "difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell", as well as names that "could give offence"

Scun, um, thorpe anyone?

or would "encourage defacing of nameplates".

www.wired.com
 
2014-01-21 04:33:38 AM

xria: If you are worried that children won't learn proper apostrophe use due to the lack of its occurrence on street signs, you have a serious mental issue and should consult with a psychiatrist or other professional, or learn to have some farking perspective.


A guy at my school misspelled theater on a Dutch test because he lived on Teaterstraat. So it does happen, but probably not very often.
 
2014-01-21 06:28:33 AM
Must be nice not to have anything else to worry about.
 
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