A Zorro for our times

Kate calls herself the Grammar Vandal and goes around with a pad of sticky commas/apostrophes to put on local signs that need them. She reports how this recently got her into a spot of trouble with Tufts police, who didn't take kindly to her (or the tall guy who agreed to help her) adding an apostrophe to a sign reading "Professors Row:"

... Cop (yelling): "What are you doing?"

Me: "Just fixing the sign."

Cop: "What are you doing to it?!"

Me: "Officer, this is incorrect grammar. Oh, and I don't even know this guy! I pulled him off the street!" ...

Via J's Scratchpad.

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        Not Grammar

        This is a punctuation error, if it is an error at all.

        It should be a collective possessive, marked by an apostrophe. That isn't a grammatical error.

        Here's a good example of a very public gaff. We recently received a notice for an event that was sent out by the Mayor's Office. It read: YOUR INVITED! This is the second year running for that particular error, and came after numerous posters to a city-wide list called it out as sloppy at best.

        Well, I guess that was the kind of schools people got when the school committee firmly believed that people should send their kids to private schools if they wanted them to have a reasonable education.

        Professors Row?

        Who are they kidding? Drunken Debauchery Row is more like it. At least, that's how it was 20+ years ago when I was an undergrad there.

        That said, there is no apostrophe in the name of the road, just like it's spelled on the sign. Way to "fix" a non-existent problem.

        A lovely discovery

        I discovered last week that this Grammar Vandal was the one who placed the comma sticker on the Reebok "RUN EASY BOSTON" sign outside South Station. I applaud her efforts and boo The Man who thwarts her quest not to make the world perfect, but to make it grammatically correct!