A crackpot after our own hearts – the man who puts proper punctuation back onto street signs!

Eats shoots and leaves, so we hear

Although it’s all a bit Norris off-of Coronation Street and obviously there are much bigger battles to fight, we can’t help but have a little bit of the old admire for this single-minded ex-soldier who’s been going round putting apostrophes on street signs where they’ve been omitted. And very nice his apostrophes are too.

His name is Stefan Gatword (no apostrophe) and he apparently stalks the streets in a shirt and tie and highly polished shoes (we wouldn’t be surprised if there was spit mixed in with that polish) adding missing punctuation. He has also targeted supermarkets with queues for ‘Five items or less’ insisting that they replace the signage with ‘Five items or fewer’ while one which used the sign ‘until stocks last’ instead of ‘while stocks last’ made him wet wee his M&S large-size traditional Y-fronts.

But are people happy that the good Mr. Gatword is on a one-man mission (notice the hyphen between ‘one’ and ‘man’, that’s because it’s a phrasal adjective or an adjective – ‘describing word’ – made out of two nouns joined together: he’d love us!) to correct the country’s English? Are they bog roll! One neighbour even dubbed him a grafitti artist.

For an apostrophe! It’s hardly Banksy now, is it?

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6 comments to “A crackpot after our own hearts – the man who puts proper punctuation back onto street signs!”

  1. why do these weirdo’s alway’s look so weird?

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  2. I heart Mr Gatword. He has inspired me to scribble out all the unnecessary apostrophes in shop signs that scream CD’s and DVD’s.

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  3. At last! Someone attempting to halt the lamentable descent of our linguistic standards.
    By the way, Brian, I see your attempt at irony but it’s still irritating which takes the edge of the humour, somewhat.

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  4. Wilma, I’ve always said you were a pendant.

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  5. Hot.

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