Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Donald Jr’s Apostrophe Error Corrected

Ever alert to ignorance in high places, such as the Royal Mint’s folly on the ten pound note, the Guardian gleefully noted the apostrophe error in Donald Trump Jr’s new book, Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden and the Democrat’s Defense of the Indefensible.

As the Guardian points out, “Donald Trump Jr appears to have forgotten one of the cardinal rules of the apostrophe: it comes after the “s” when the possessive noun is plural.” Unless he is referring to only one Democrat, of course.

The error is enough to make a serious writer hang his head in shame, but perhaps Donald Jr will accuse the Democrats of hacking into the Publisher’s computer and introducing fake punctuation.

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so we wouldn’t expect Donald Jr to be grammatically competent, but how did that error get past editors and proofreaders?

For a piece of Democratic folly, see A Colonoscopy of Democrats. And for more on the apostrophe error, including the Guardian’s own mistake, see Apostrophes —  Possessive Plurals


It seems that Donald Jr has corrected his apostrophe error, and is now directing his attack at more than one Democrat. The Guardian reports that he has reissued images of his book cover, with the subtitle now reading:

Joe Biden and the Democrats’ Defense of the Indefensible

But in announcing that the book is now available for preorder, he writes, and those are not my errors:

Sleepy Joe wont like this one. But lets be honest he probably doesn’t keep up with current events.

The book will do well. The Republican National Committee is buying copies in bulk, and offering them to donors who give $75. What a bargain!

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