Missing Apostrophes

Vivian Cook

In modern English many apostrophes are left out where they might be expected on street signs, advertisements etc, particularly with shop-names and names of festivals etc.

Greengrocer's Apostrophe  it's/its  Odd apostrophes

Mens missing apostrophe 

doctors missing apostrophe
doctors missing apostrophe

Mens missing apostrophe

Kaths missing apostrophe

directors missing apostrophe


Captains missing apostrophe

"These are mine and those things over there are my husbands [husband's]."

"We have run out of food and have had to start eating the cats [cat's]."

The possessive apostrophe ís was introduced in the 17th century, has had varied usage ever since and has certainly started to vanish from many names of businesses. See also the other apostrophe pages (links in heading).