’It might be okay to correct signs in Bristol - but not here in Norwich’ - city’s message to The Apostrophiser

Ruby's Tea Stall, Norwich. Picture: David Lynch

Ruby's Tea Stall, Norwich. Picture: David Lynch - Credit: Archant

With street signs in Bristol being corrected by an anonymous grammar pedant known as the Apostrophiser, we asked: do Norwich's signs obey the rules?

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The Apostrophiser might have something to say about the apostrophe-less Gentlemans Walk and St Stephens Street.

But on Norwich Market, where there are a few missing apostrophes, stallholders were unrepentant.

Debbie Ulph, 54, who runs Debs Tea House, said; 'I like my sign how it is, and I wouldn't ever want to change it, as I have had it that way for years.

'It might be okay to correct signs in Bristol - but not here in Norwich!'

Lucy's Fish & Chips, Norwich. Picture: David Lynch

Lucy's Fish & Chips, Norwich. Picture: David Lynch - Credit: Archant


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At Andersons clothing stall, Connor Rumball, 25, said: 'I have heard that advertisers spell some shop names wrong on purpose so they stick in your head. I suppose if you are a bit pedantic and see it every day, you would want to get it changed then.'

Paul Cutter, 50, who runs Paul's Family Butchers on the market has spelt his shop sign correctly, but does not think it makes that much difference.

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'I know when I had it made to put the apostrophe in, but I didn't know why. But I don't think it really makes much difference to my customers, they aren't really here for the sign.'

Georgia Hayles, 18, who works at Lucys Kitchen thinks that good spelling and grammar does make a difference to customers. She said: 'I think it is important to have good grammar in shop signs for the kids to see it in use in real world application.

'But it is really sarcastic and could count as vandalism to change someone else's sign. It could really show them up.'

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