A Grammar Vigilante Has Been Patrolling A British Town for More Than a Decade: Today in Critical Linking

Critical Linking is sponsored today by Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson:


Here are a few bookish stories for your Friday morning perusal…


  1. Admire the dedication it takes to care this much about correcting publicly misplaced or missing apostrophes:
    Wielding an ‘apostrophiser’ – a broom handle laden with two sponges and a number of stickers – the man has corrected tens of missing and misplaced apostrophes on shop banners across Bristol over the past 13 years.The pedant, who is yet to reveal his identity, claims his efforts are needed to bring an end to the improper use of English. But critics suggest he should start with his own name – as apostrophes are strictly a matter of punctuation rather than grammar. 
  2. Fall in love with a one-man, scooter-powered book delivery service in India.If a book has been printed, and is in circulation in even the remotest part of the world, chances are, Tarun Kumar Shaw will be able to get it for you. Be it a banned title, a rare tome, the latest edition of a prestigious science journal, Tarun-da, as he is popularly known in Kolkata, knows how to sniff out that book you want from under a pile of rubbish or email trail half way around the planet. Once the prize is in his hands, he will roll out his trusted two wheeler to ride to wherever you are – at your desk, at the Golf Club, or at the airport lounge – to personally deliver it to you. 
  3. Smack your head that a glorified spell-check just raised $110 million in venture capital:Grammarly has 6.9 million daily active users, most of whom use the service for free. The startup makes money on the users who pay $11.99 per month for help with sentence structure and vocabulary.
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