As a frequent reader of Apostrophe Abuse and The "Blog" Of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks and Apostrophe Catastrophes: The Worlds' Worst. Punctuation;, this report from the Daily Mail is discouraging. Waterstone's, the bookstore chain founded by Tim Waterstone, is dropping the apostrophe from its name. All the right people are outraged:
John Richards, chairman of the Apostrophe Protection Society said: ‘It’s just plain wrong. It’s grammatically incorrect.
‘If Sainsbury’s and McDonald’s can get it right, then why can’t Waterstone’s?
'You would really hope that a bookshop is the last place to be so slapdash with English.’
The most important part of this whole story? Learning that there's an Apostrophe Protection Society. Do you think we could start a chapter here at Ricochet?