July 07, 2003


Andrew Norton at Catallaxy File’s has had it up to here with misplaced apostrophe’s:

The Australian Association for the Teaching of English is meeting at the University of Melbourne, and I’m thinking of gatecrashing to tell them what a terrible job they are doing.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 7, 2003 06:40 PM

Speaking of which, have a look at this! Tut tut, and a Murdoch publication as well!

Posted by: Matt T at July 8, 2003 at 12:41 AM

Nice one, Matt T. Presumably if the article had been written by Kely Mils the sub-editor would have got the headline right.

Posted by: Andrew D. at July 8, 2003 at 12:52 PM

There is a whole generation of teachers who have never had pedagogical training in the teaching of English. So, we now have two generations of Australians who don't know grammar and can't parse a sentence. Misuse of apostrophes is only one example of this ignorance. You only have to listen to the ABC to hear others.

Posted by: Rob at July 8, 2003 at 01:13 PM

I didn't know that I didn't know my English grannar until I had to learn German. Then the German teacher spent a year teaching us all grammar. Three years of German lessons and I can't remember buuger all, but ir sure improved my English.

Posted by: Razor at July 8, 2003 at 01:43 PM