grocer's apostrophe


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grocer's apostrophe

n
(Grammar) an apostrophe placed before a final s intended to indicate the plural but in fact forming the possessive: Price's Slashed.
[from its supposed occurrence in grocers' signage]
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Grocer's apostrophe An apostrophe erroneously used to create a plural, as notoriously seen in grocers' handwritten signs.
In many ways, it's more irritating than the so-called grocer's apostrophe - sticking an incorrect apostrophe in before the 's' when all one wants to do is indicate a plural form of a noun.
The grocer's apostrophe got its name because of the common sight on the High Street of shops selling "apple's" and "banana's".