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Issue 22

There’s a lot we’re finding wrong with this sign. 1) We don’t like the ampersand (pedantic, we know). 2) That comma isn’t working for us (pernickety, yes, but it makes chic look like a noun and in that instance what, pray tell, is “shopping and chic”?). 3) How can you guarantee chic and cosmopolitan living 365 days of the year? How? Surely one day someone who ends up living on this posh housing estate is going to let the sophistication facade slip and accidentally wear mismatched socks or tragically decide purple is the new black two months too soon. We’re being mis-sold a dream. Trading Standards should get involved.

But forget all of those; it’s the last line that made us properly ranty. 4) Everyday one word is an adjective. It means commonplace, most generally. Every day two words is what you were after here, swanky property development agency, dammit.

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Issue 17

Leading on from last week’s rant about the placing of apostrophes, here’s an example of the possessive use of this most lovely of punctuation marks. Or rather it’s not. Perhaps there are a lot of Jonathans who need to park their bicycles in this particular area? ‘Fraid not. Here at We Hate Words, we are privy to the fact that this isn’t the case as Jonathan happens to be a friend of ours and this Bike Park is just for him. Lucky boy. Jonathan’s Bike Park, underlined or no.

Still, a bike park is a lovely idea – a park full of bikes! Imagine! Oh look, that’s cheered us up. Phew.

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Issue 14

In a break from Worst Words, we’re having a Stupidest Spelling. As we say in the Contribute tab, “we yell obscenities when we witness the flagrant misuse of apostrophes”, so imagine the whinging that went on after this stopped us in our tracks on a recent trip to the countryside (don’t worry, we were wearing a pinstripe jacket and inappropriate footwear). Tsk. You’d think the Forestry Commission – the bloody Forestry Commission, fer crying out loud – would know better than to foist this abomination of punctuation upon us.

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