No! Playing with Ball’s

Jessica writes:

I found this in a Coney Island tourist trap, and had a good laugh at the way it forbade playing with balls, then I noticed the apostrophe… Who is Ball and what of his should we not be playing with?

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3 thoughts on “No! Playing with Ball’s

  1. not quite. It’s not that you can’t play with something that is Ball’s. The sign maker is refusing to do something (“no!”) because (s)he is playing with something that is Ball’s.

    As in:

    Q: “Would you like to go to the store with me.”
    A” “No! [I’m] playing with Ball’s daughter.”

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