Friday, January 30, 2009

Ah, Britain. And another outrage or two...

Apostrophe loses its place on street signs | News
A LOCAL authority was accused of "dumbing down" today after ruling that apostrophes should not feature on its road and street signs.

WTF? Now why would you do this in the first place?

The decision not to reintroduce apostrophes, which began to disappear from Birmingham's road signs in the Fifties, had been taken in light of factors such as the need for consistency and the cost of changing existing signs, he said.

"We are constantly getting residents asking for apostrophes to be put back in and we have got to make a decision one way or another," he said.

But wait, who have we left out here?

John Richards, chairman of the Apostrophe Protection Society, said: "It seems retrograde, dumbing down really. The council would be better advised to make sure the right apostrophes are in place rather than removing them. It sets a bad example to children."

Of course! The children.
Which is why this next one comes off so well.
PC brigade sobers up the drunken sailor | News
A CENTURIES-OLD nursery rhyme has fallen victim to political correctness after government officials removed any reference to alcohol.

The government-funded charity Bookstart changed the title character in the traditional sea shanty What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? to a "grumpy pirate".

On long car rides as a kid, we used to sing a lot of sea shanty Newfie type songs (I blame Dad), including Drunken Sailor and now I drink. QED.


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