Some UK Councils to abolish apostrophes on new street signs

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    Councils to abolish apostrophes on new street signs - because they are 'potentially confusing'
    The emerging practice has been adopted in Cambridge - one of Britain's most famous seats of learning - where the punctuation for road signs like ‘Paul's Court’ will disappear.

    Language experts have described as ‘deplorable’ plans to abolish apostrophes on new street signs - because they are ‘potentially confusing’.

    The emerging practice has been adopted in Cambridge - one of Britain's most famous seats of learning - where the punctuation for road signs like ‘Paul's Court’ will disappear.

    Cambridge City Council said they were only following national guidelines, which claim that apostrophes could lead to mistakes - particularly for emergency services.

    The naming policy also bans street names which would be 'difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell' and any 'could give offence' or would 'encourage defacing of nameplates'.
     
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    The humanity! First the demise of the subjunctive and now the banning of apostrophes. :eek:
     
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