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Old 05-05-2005, 10:21 AM  
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Apostrophe Is Out of Control in Minnesota!!

Don't think I saw this posted, if so, apologies. Apparently, the apostrophe is bedeviling the poor University of Minnesota! Story attached:

Apostrophe riles Minnesotans

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Apostrophe boosters were in mourning at the
University of Minnesota after it was decided to name a fancy new
walkway the Scholars Walk, not the Scholar's Walk.
"I'm terribly disappointed," said Larry Laukka, who leads the group
developing the $4.5 million walkway. "I'll have to lick my wounds. But
I'll get over it."

For weeks, the issue has bedeviled those at the university and beyond
who care a great deal about such things. English professors, e-mailers
from across the United States and even the Apostrophe Protection
Society of England offered advice.

Laukka argued to board members of the nonprofit University Gateway
Corp. that an apostrophe would add distinction by suggesting it is
owned by those it honors.

That argument didn't work. The board voted 4-1 against the punctuation
mark.

The board worried that the apostrophe would make the four-block
walkway appear exclusive at a time the university wants to be
inclusive. It might even mean adding apostrophes to Regents Professors
Square and a Professors Lane.

"Apostrophes would be out of control!" said board member Margaret Carlson.
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:24 AM   #2
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:26 AM   #3
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WTF is going on here?
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:27 AM   #4
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:28 AM   #5
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The board worried that the apostrophe would make the four-block
walkway appear exclusive at a time the university wants to be
inclusive.
Hahahahahaha!!!

Gee, we'd sure hate for non-scholars to feel unwelcome at our University.

The University of Minnesota: Welcoming scholars and uneducated dumbasses alike!
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:28 AM   #6
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:31 AM   #7
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:33 AM   #8
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Apostrophe Protection Society of England

I demand an explanation of why this organization isn't called England's Apostrophe Protection Society.

That's an abomination.
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:37 AM   #9
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I demand an explanation of why this organization isn't called England's Apostrophe Protection Society.
Fabulous point. You should write them a letter.
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:52 AM   #10
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I bet if Rich Scanlon argued for the apostrophe, the board would have voted for it!
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Old 05-05-2005, 11:15 AM   #11
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Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Be-Bop-A-Lula, Baby What I Say
Here comes Johnny singing I Gotta Woman
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay
He got the action, he got the motion
Oh Yeah the boy can play
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He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, he do the walk of life

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He do the walk, he do the walk of life

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Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

And after all the violence and double talk
There's just a song in all the trouble and the strife
You do the walk, you do the walk of life
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Old 05-05-2005, 11:39 AM   #12
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Old 05-05-2005, 11:44 AM   #13
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"Scholars Walk"


I see a bit of humerous irony there.

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Old 05-05-2005, 01:14 PM   #14
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Anyone from the Apostrophe Protection Society of England would have a fatal meltdown if they ever visited Tennessee....I think the apostrophe is the state bird down here.
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Old 05-05-2005, 01:24 PM   #15
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If they named it the Scholar's Walk, would that mean that only one scholar at a time could use it? I think that both of their options are wrong, and it should be the Scholars' Walk.
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