A Lost Apostrophe
Our parish church in Milton is All Saints'. It's a nice little church, very old, bits of it are 13th century, and a few years back they ripped out the pews and put in a new stone floor and new seats which improved it no end.
Stained glass window over altar at All Saints'
Although I'm not religious I like the church - the village photographic club meets there and the photo above was taken one evening on a very long exposure. As we get on with the regular churchgoers we also host a mailing list for the church on our list server.
Their vicar David Chamberlain is a good bloke too, very approachable, and so when he wandered past on Sunday with his dog I grabbed him for a moan.
My discontent: they've lost their apostrophe.
It's been creeping up for a while now. David's stopped using it in email, as has the church office, and if you look on their web site it pretty much always says "All Saints" without a trailing apostrophe1.
Was this a conscious decision?
Apparently not although David was, for him, curiously defensive about it. He claims the apostrophe "confuses people".
I despair. I really do. If it was St Paul's would they call the call the church St Pauls?
... actually perhaps they would. Sigh.
|Tags: Milton, religion, words||Written 03/11/08|