There is a row raging (er pardon, I mean a vigorous discussion) “to apostrophe or not to apostrophe…that is the question”. Do we follow the Australians, the Americans, (yet again) or remain quintessentially British with the punctuation of our language, both in public and in literature.
The debate highlighted ‘kingseeth’ according to the spokesperson for Birmingham road signs. It saves money not to use the possessive apostrophe, yet, not to, the argument went, does not indicate the true nature of the name of various locations, including ‘Kingseeth’.
Listening to this news feature, it appeared there was also a move afoot to drop our ‘aitches’, two digits fewer would be even cheaper to sign for. What would Shakespeare have made of this… I venture the following lament, ” My Country for the ‘heh’ and the apostrophe”.