If I had thought this through better, I would have posted this photo yesterday and kept "What is it Wednesday?" going with a slight change: What is it about-this-sign-that-drives-me-crazy Wednesday? However, since I didn't think to do that, I'll just have to rant about it myself.
While walking through the TACA Arts and Craft Fair in both October and May, I saw this sign gracing the side of the tent that held activities for children. The sign should read: Just For Kids. The apostrophe is used to show possession, not pluralization. The only exceptions - and even these are debated - is when pluralizing numbers (There were five number 2's in the deck of cards.), letters (How many B's did you get on your report card?) and sometimes words (The no's have it.). Journalists who use the AP Stylebook do not use the apostrophe to pluralize even nouns in those three categories.
I cannot figure out how or why Americans suddenly started using an apostrophe to pluralize nouns. The manager of the Albertson's store I frequented when I lived in Las Vegas actually changed a number of signs because I pointed out that the plural of pizza is "pizzas," not "pizza's;" that the plural of tomato is "tomatoes," not "tomato's;" that the plural of orange is "oranges," not "orange's." I did seek out fair officials to mention the error on this sign both times, and, of course, they didn't change it between the two shows.
You may ask why I care so much about the mistakes on signs. First of all, a business should be professional and use correct grammar and spelling in its store publications and advertising and on store displays and signs. Secondly, children see these incorrect signs and assume that since they are displayed in stores or businesses, they are correct.
Off the grammatical soapbox for today. . . . .