Indian in England

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Punctuate the mother!

IF I were a mother, and English, I would be ashamed of most of my children. Honestly, when will they ever learn it is Mother’s Day and not Mothers Day?

Everywhere I go I see special offer signs. The butcher, the pub-owner, the postman, the mechanic, the gas man, the garbage man, everyone’s got a deal for Mother. And everyone seems to have more than one mother, bar W H Smith and a few other worthies who I am sure hired a professional proof-reader.

For fucks –- I mean, fuck’s -- sake, get that apostrophe in.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought it was a day for mothers - therefore mothers'day?

8:26 PM  
Blogger Chindu said...

Actually that makes sense, too. But it is Mother's Day, as it has been coined (culprit: Julia Ward Howe).

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Ph said...

Still cribbing about the English? Thought they would have converted you by now. (How are you)

12:32 AM  
Blogger Chindu said...

Ph: I am alive, kicking. Me being converted? Not. The other way round. Already Indianised half of England. Now working on the other half.

10:46 AM  
Blogger jemgal said...

So it was you then who made most of the UK citizens addicted to a regular dish of curry??

4:07 PM  
Blogger Chindu said...

Jemgal: Not. That happened before my arrival. Trying to undo the damage now and teach them that it is not curry they have been tasting, but alleged curry.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Soulgirl said...

Shouldn't it be Mothers'day for all the retailers seeing as they're cover all Mother's? :o)

6:46 AM  
Blogger Chindu said...

Soulgirl: How did you get on to this blog? Mothers' Day? Should it be? Maybe. But the coinage is singular -- and, personally, I prefer the singular version. Anything plural, doesn't have the same 'punch'.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mother as singular vs. Mothers as plural . Definite winner is Mothers. Why it shoudnt? Mothers United Everywhere !! Clear Winner .Woo HOO !!!

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fucker... if you are into multiple screws, it can also be fucks' sake... right? and when you remarked in a reply that you have indianised half of england you mean, you kerala-ised it right?
-- deep sigh

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Santosh said...

no, he meant "Indianised half of england".
Are you half confused Mr Anonymous or Full confused?..... Kerala is part of India, get your history refreshed.

-Santosh

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright chindu mate, yeah fecking english mothers init 'G

3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCKING CHINDU NIGGA

3:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BUDBUD

3:40 AM  
Blogger Arun said...

Probably you'll enjoy the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

10:07 PM  
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8:41 AM  
Blogger FiNK said...

ha ha ha.. i know what you mean.. I get totally annoyed by bad punctuation too. btw in supermarkets.. isn't it meant to be 8 items or fewer.. not 8 items or less!! dunno.. perhaps this is the legacy of anglo educated indians with a terribly pedantic view on grammar!!

1:36 PM  
Anonymous dalriada said...

Adding my 2 cents/pence.
I've heard the version "Happy Mothering Sunday" used. Perhaps this would solve the problem, or maybe just stoke the fire.
I think what might even be worse than a willy nilly apostrophe. Would be an extra letter added on. For example, the American version of "Happy New Year!" is "Happy New Years!"

4:50 AM  
Blogger Chindu said...

Dalriada: Yes, Happy New Years is just terrible! :-)

11:34 AM  

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