Picture of a judge's wigThe Judge RANTS!Picture of a judge's wig

Date: 09/02/11

In A Comma

I had the misfortune today to come across another example of the public flaunting of illiteracy.

It was one of those 'humorous' signs that people dangle in the rear windows of their car. It said:

"Help! Let us out! Dad,s farted!"

Yes, you read that correctly: "Dad,s".

It is indicative of my own educational standards - I hope - that I had to try typing that abomination three times. It certainly didn't come naturally.

The all-too-common misplaced or absent apostrophe is bad enough (and a quick refresher course can be found here), but where the hell did anyone get the idea that there should be a comma in there?