Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 23:01:59 PST From: tom creswell Subject: Re: Misspelled Words Virginia, 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. Tom Creswell