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Grocers' apostrophes

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Mishap Mon 21-May-12 16:57:50

I have just come back from a music session at a primary school and the place was full of notices saying: "NO ENTRY. SAT'S EXAMS"
My first thought would be - this is wrong!!! - how can SATS have any exams?

But it is interesting - when I worked on a magazine, the editor and I used to argue about this one. If we write "doesn't" we put the apostrophe in to indicate that there is a letter one might argue that the apostrophe in SAT'S is correct as it indicates the missing 3 letters "EST"

What do we all think?!

Mamie Mon 21-May-12 17:01:48

It used to be done like that, Mishap, but now the more usual style is to write SATs. Not wrong I think, just a bit old-fashioned. As far as I can remember, that is what Lynne Truss says.
Not done to-day (like that hyphen). smile

Anagram Mon 21-May-12 17:02:59

But surely the T stands for Tests anyway, so there's no need for an S at all, with or without apostrophe. (That's my take on it, anyway!)

Jacey Mon 21-May-12 17:10:40

And then there is one school of thought that says they are "Standard Assessment Tasks" ...tests by another name?? hmm
Exams seems a bit strong for a primary school confused

Mamie Mon 21-May-12 17:13:51

Well I know in Ofsted reports we had to write SATs so it must be right... hmm

Jacey Mon 21-May-12 17:17:48

Is there any 'right' when speaking about Ofsted? hmm

Mamie Mon 21-May-12 17:20:21

The critical reader always thought so...

Anagram Mon 21-May-12 17:31:54

That settles it then! hmm

AlisonMA Tue 22-May-12 10:17:12

We could have a whole new thread on rampant apostrophes! Supermarkets who sell CD's, who is this CD person?

Lilygran Tue 22-May-12 11:28:32

Van seen a couple of days ago - ' J Smith and Sons Plumber's and Builders'. Why only one? DH says he saw the most shining example on the telly. Bar opposite the Chicago Cubs ground: Jack's Welcome's Cub's Fan's. At least it's consistent! You know, it's really quite tedious putting all these punctuation marks in. Perhaps I'll stop using them altogether.

Ariadne Tue 22-May-12 14:10:19

There is a long thread on apostrophes somewhere.......

Lilygran Tue 22-May-12 22:13:33


Anagram Tue 22-May-12 22:24:33


Lilygran Wed 23-May-12 10:13:15

The thought of a long thread on apostrophe's.........

Elegran Wed 23-May-12 10:17:20

Well, it is pedants' corner, Lilygran It wouldn't be home without a long thread on apostrophes, would it?

feetlebaum Sun 27-May-12 15:51:42

I saw an e-mailed story the other day, about a German chap, called Han's...

Anagram Tue 07-Aug-12 11:31:25

Here are some good ones!

gracesmum Tue 07-Aug-12 11:41:56

At least they weren't offering "Aberdeen burghers"!!
I have seen the opposite mistake i.e. "the burgers of Calais....." smile