Greengrocer propose's to Lynne Trus's
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A little over enthusiastic with the old apostrophes, n'est-ce pas?
I think that that may actually be the basis for the comedic effect, Ostsee.
Maybe Ostsee's point was that just having the apostrophe in "propose's" and losing the one in "Trus's" would be more subtle / sophisticated.
People would more pleased with themselves for getting the joke.
But a lot more might miss it completely, so I can see how Nick must've wrestled with this.
I say "don't misunderestimate your audience". Go with one apostrophe.
Yes, a real dilemma, this one. I would have agonised over whether to make the joke more explicit, then come down firmly on the side of intelligent biscuiteers.
Take a risk! If people don't get it, you can always add a withering tag.
One apostrophe, definitely.
I've thought about this for some considerable time and, upon reflection, agree that the second apostrophe is over-egging the pudding (or some similar fruit and veg oriented metaphor).
But! It made me snort on a damp, cold, grey day so you've got stars regardless.
Ermmmm... I have revisited this a couple of times and... still don't get it!
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