Definition of greengrocer's apostrophe in English:

greengrocer's apostrophe

Line breaks: green|gro¦cer's apos|tro¦phe
(also greengrocers' apostrophe)

noun

British informal
An apostrophe placed incorrectly before the final ‘s’ of a plural noun (e.g. a kilo 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.

Origin

1990s: with allusion to use on handwritten signs advertising produce for sale.

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Pronunciation: ɪˈrəʊnɪəs
adjective
wrong; incorrect