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Walking on Park Ave. yesterday, my friend was greatly perturbed by the street cleaning sign saying “MONDAY’S STREET CLEANING.”

She said the apostrophe is grammatically incorrect. I could see it being correct if one were to say, “Monday’s street cleaning means you can’t park here.” But she insisted the signs were messed up.

Clearly, there’s also debate over the apostrophe at City Hall. Within one block, we came upon signs written with and without the apostrophe. Which is correct?

Links of the Day:

– Assemblyman David Gantt faces what could be a formidable primary challenge from Rochester school board member Jose Cruz, who told the Democrat and Chronicle:

“This is the time,” Cruz said, speaking in the measured cadence that has defined his political career. “(Gantt) has served his 30 years. He’s done what he’s done. But I think this district deserves somebody who understands the issues, somebody who can articulate those issues, somebody who can have a conversation with somebody without flying off the handle and telling them to go screw themselves.”

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Everyone is saying “vagina” on TV these days. (Except TV newscasters.)

6 Responses to MONDAYS or MONDAY’S?

  1. May 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm Kelly responds:

    I agree with your friend, no apostrophe. I read it as: “No parking 8am-9am Mondays; street cleaning.”

  2. May 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm Ryan Tucker responds:

    Hmm. Yes, “Monday’s Street Cleaning” is valid on its own, but that would mean the sign says “No Parking, 8am-9am, Monday’s Street Cleaning” instead of “No Parking, 8am-9am Mondays, Street Cleaning.” A subtle difference, sure, but one could argue that the former means no parking is allowed between 8am and 9am, any day of the week, due to Monday’s street cleaning. (This refers, of course, to Elgin Monday, the chief street sweeper under the King Friday XIII administration.)

    Rule of thumb: when in doubt, don’t put apostrophes on street signs. If one ought to be there, someone will fix it with a sharpie.

  3. May 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm Reggie Henderson responds:

    It’s a stretch to say the intention is: because of Monday’s street cleaning there’s no parking from 8AM – 9AM. Clearly the intention is: No Parking, 8AM-9AM Mondays, (for) Street Cleaning. Aren’t we all bored today 🙂

  4. May 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm RaChaCha responds:

    Reminds me of, during my AmeriCorps service, I researched developing a farmers’ market in a Buffalo neighborhood. Seemed like the biggest decision in the whole process was about the apostrophe: whether and where–? For the record, state and national resource material had it as “farmers’ market” so we went with that.

  5. Why isn’t it a contraction? Monday’s Street Cleaning = Monday is Street Cleaning.

  6. Monday’s, Monday’s, so good to me….not.

    It’s “Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day.”

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