We have a problem of epidemic proportion. There is no antidote. A plethora of unnecessary punctuation has invaded our grammar. We, as a society, are not equipped to manage the onslaught of apostrophes.
Years ago when I worked for Macy's while in college, the company's savants would frequently misspell signs that I was required to post in my area. When it happened, I sent them back to my manager who repeatedly told me I was the only one who would notice the errors. Please, oh, please let her be wrong.
During my Christmas shopping, I've seen countless signs directing "employee's only." Really? I want to ask store managers exactly what is it the employees have that is for them and them alone?
Someone gave me a thoughtful Christmas sign. I like it a lot, except it reads "The Gallagher's." I'm not sure what it means, so I am puzzled as to where to put it.
My sister came over. We stood staring at it. Perhaps if we added the word "home," she asked. Ah, but then it would be just one Gallagher's home. We are plural. She nodded in agreement.
We claim to be the greatest society in the world, and yet we are not educating ourselves. If we have a job ringing a register, we should know how to count change. If our business is making signs, we should know how to spell. How can we expect medical breakthroughs when we can't dissect a sentence? How can we compete in space when we don't know to build basic grammar?
This is America. We have the right to be stupid if we want to.