(also greengrocers' apostrophe)
Definition of greengrocer's apostrophe in English:
An apostrophe placed incorrectly before the final ‘s’ of a plural noun (e.g. a pound of potato’s): the Apostrophe Protection Society will have to work vigorously if it is going to have any effect on the greengrocer’s apostrophe
More example sentences
- The greengrocers' apostrophe sneaks into everything from apple's to yam's.
- Why did they select the spelling with the greengrocer's apostrophe?
- This common misuse has been affectionately dubbed "the greengrocer's apostrophe" by specialists in English usage.
1990s: with allusion to use on handwritten signs advertising produce for sale.
Definition of greengrocer's apostrophe in:
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