Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 23:01:59 PST
From: tom creswell creswell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CROWN.NET
Subject: Re: Misspelled Words
I agree with Rudy Troike. In fact, I have in my files a paper I delivered to
a meeting of DSNA (never published) entitled "Otiose Apostrophes" in which I
offer the same hypothesis. In the paper I cite numerous instances from signs
and other sources of apostrophic otiosity, including at least one, as I
remember, painted roughly in white paint on the black roof of a long disused
railroad roundhouse back in the fifties probably by some worker who sensed
the approaching doom of his occupation. The crudely painted, plaintive and
ineffective message read, "TAKE THE TRAINS'"
Please give my regards to Al and Paul.