Definition of greengrocer's apostrophe in English:

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greengrocer's apostrophe

(also greengrocers' apostrophe)

noun

British informal
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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: green·gro·cer's a·pos·tro·phe

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