Spot the error part 2

One of these cans of Chef Boyardee’s Mini Bites has a spelling error. Which is it?

Mini Bites

The answer: both of them. Ah, a trick question, you say? Sort of. Apostrophes after initialisms and acronyms (ABCs and 123s) are incorrect, unless you follow the New York Times‘ guidebook of punctuation. Who listens to them?

Apostrophes, however, do belong after single letters (mind your P’s and Q’s).

In short, label designers are not necessarily masters of punctuation.

9 Responses to “Spot the error part 2”

  1. Manc Says:

    Who blogs about this?

  2. TomoAlien Says:

    It should be O’s, not Os.

  3. :D Says:

    You know, the fact that you spent time to rationalize this means that you have few things that are better to do.

    Kudos to you. Keep saving the world from apostrophes.

  4. Bill Koch Says:

    More like saving apostrophes from the world!

  5. Fail Funnies Says:

    Utter apostrophe FAIL!!

  6. howdy do Says:

    Wow, look at you go! That camera was a great investment; now you can share your thoughts with the world every time you feel the need to ’sperg out about about apostrophe usage. I’m betting you whipped out your laptop right there in the store to verify the rules of apostrophe use, making sure to cross-check your references with the New York Times‘ guidebook of punctuation (something never to leave home without!), then making a quick edit to the Wikipedia page on Proper Apostrophe Use on Canned Food: Chef Boyardee: Mini-bites.

  7. Spectere Says:

    I know the last comment was from a couple of months ago, but I still can’t help but feel simultaneously amused and stupefied at how aggressive people are toward those who fight against the bastardization of the English language.

  8. waitress Says:

    This blog is so refreshing!! I can come and get a break from time to time! Please keep doing what youdo!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. cjk Says:

    In response to TomoAlien: It should be ABCs and 123s, not “O’s”. Apostrophes are used either when you leave something out or when you are dealing with that genitive thing (”my garden’s lawn”).

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