‘Grammar vigilante’ fixes punctuation goofs

Apostrophe errors drive us all nuts. The BBC unmasks a hero who’s doing something about it.

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If the reports crossing your desk, with their grammatical errors and misplaced apostrophes, have ever driven you batty, rest assured you have a kindred soul.

A self-styled “grammar vigilante” is prowling the streets of Bristol, England, by night, correcting apostrophe errors on street and business signs.

The BBC teased an interview with the secretive hero with the headline, “Meet the ‘Grammar Vigilante’ of Bristol.” An avalanche of coverage ensued.

The Beeb reported:

For years, it has been rumoured that somebody has been going out late at night, correcting bad punctuation on Bristol shop fronts.

The self-proclaimed “grammar vigilante” goes out undercover in the dead of night correcting street signs and shop fronts where the apostrophes are in the wrong place.

The rise of this rhetorical Robin Hood seemed to rank as high in news value as a royal wedding after the BBC accompanied him on one of his missions.

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