Okay, so recently there appeared a sign above the copier in one of our break rooms. It reads:
"Copy Machine Usage is for Business Purpose's Only!"
I've read the sign like a dozen times, but today was the first time I noticed the inappropriate use of an apostrophe on this sign. This sign, which someone printed out on pink paper, laminated, and then hung in a professional setting. Duh, people.
As soon as I noticed this, I had the urge to run to my computer and print a sign reading:
"Apostrophe for Posessive Usage Only!"
Then I did a wikipedia search for the word "apostrophe" to make sure I wasn't missing any appropriate usages, because there's nothing worse than being all snotty and correcting someone and saying something incorrect in your correction.
Turns out I was missing two basics (in addition to lots of ridiculous particulars that no one would really hold against me): contractions (e.g. couldn't) and abbreviations (e.g. gov't). But my sign doesn't pack quite the same punch when it reads:
"Apostrophe for Possessive, Contraction, and Abbreviation Usages Only!"
Usages? Usage? I can't decide, so I guess I'm going to have to give the whole thing up.
Not that I would actually be brave enough to hang the sign, anyway. There could be cameras! I could be called into offices!