Links and visuals illustrating an orthographic pet peeve.
Here are some submissions that I found sitting in my Spam folder — thanks, GMail!…gotta be fake, right?
Other Famous Billy’s!
I guess you could force this one to mean it’s a dance for 4 time Grammy nominees that lasts all night…
(Thanks to Peter, Amy, and Lois)
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Tagged with photos.
– July 27, 2007
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Yay! Remember me? I’m the one who sent you the “DONT’T DRINK AND DRIVE” one! I thought it was so funny! I love your site!
-FlagFreak, Flag Designer
I think I’ve seen the DD&D sign in an email b4. Nice call on the ‘all night dancers’. lol
I’m not sure how I feel about famous “billy’s.” I agree that the apostrophe is wrong, but I think that pluralizing names is something most people struggle with. If Billy weren’t a proper name, (as in, say, billy goats) it would be plurazlied as billies. But since it’s a name, it doesn’t seem correct to alter the spelling to create a plural, so Billys would then be the proper spelling. But Billys looks less like several billys than one person named Billys (rhymes with Phyllis) — so Billy’s ends up as a tortured kind of compromise. I have long suffered from a phobia of pluralizing names (I now stick to a rigid, unbreakable code of rules that people often tease me about, not only in pluralizing but also in possessives. I cannot stand to even look at “Gonzales’” used as a singular plural, but most people find my preferred Gonzales’s awkward to read and say) that I can sympathize with the Famous Billy’s lady.
Also, “4-time” should be hyphenated.
DONT’T DRINK AND DRIVE is a test. If you think it looks OK, you’re too drunk to drive.
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