Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
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"It's" or "Its"? "It's" or "Its"? I GIVE UP!!!

Or so someone must have said: The British city of Birmingham has officially dropped the apostrophe from all the town's place names and street signs.

As Rick Emerson pointed out today, St. Paul's Square is now St. Pauls Square: "Instead of a square named for St. Paul, it's now a square with many, many, many St. Pauls."

City officials claim the apostrophes are "confusing." This has somehow been an issue for decades, according to the article, and officials finally got sick of it ("We keep debating apostrophes in meetings and we have other things to do").

And those of us who strive to make English LESS CONFUSING weep.
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