Just Another Reason I Love Elizabeth I (and Lynne Truss)

March 7, 2010

From my Eats, Shoots and Leaves 2010 calendar:

According to the British newspaper columnist “Beachcomber,” in Elizabethan England a greengrocer happened to notice a misplaced apostrophe in a royal decree.  When he pointed it out, Queen Elizabeth I immediately created the office of Apostropher Royal, to control the quality and distribution of apostrophes and deliver them in wheelbarrows to all the greengrocers of England on the second Thursday of every month (Apostrophe Thursday).

For more details and “the rest of the story,” click here.


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