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I've heard of a greengrocers' apostrophe..

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by palinurus, 5 Jun 2008.

  1. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    but what's this called?

    Seen on the ride today:

    Hand
    "car"
    wash
     
  2. Trillian

    Trillian New Member

    dunno, presume it's to highlight that they're not adverse to washing a van etc.

    always bemused by the hand car washes using hosepipes.
     
  3. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Maybe it's really clever, and I just don't get it.
     
  4. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Damn, that's a sensible answer.
     
  5. You should try taking your bike in.
     
  6. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    I would've done, only it was 5:50 am when I saw it.

    I've been lazing around so much lately I couldn't sleep. Went riding instead, then slept after.
     
  7. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    strictly speaking, it would imply that they wash things that are claiming to be cars, but which in reality aren't (for, by example, people who take their bike in and say "it's a car, will you wash it?").
     
  8. yello

    yello Guru

    I agree with the above interpretation. They're quotes rather than apostrophes which is, strictly speaking, incorrect since they're not actually quoting anyone but so as not to be anal and to consider what is likely to be meant, I'd say alecs... is about right. They'll wash whatever someone says is a car.
     
  9. I think it is called Scare Quotes in this context. Where you put doubt in the word you use by quoting it rather than saying it.
     
  10. longers

    longers Veteran

    A bit like the imaginary ones people draw with their fingers in conversation?
     
  11. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    spot on ;)
     
  12. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    I think it means cars only so all other vehicles can look elsewhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    it could mean that they're a bit snooty and only consider posh cars as worthy, but will wash your so-called car anyway, seeing as it's business.
     
  14. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    a commune of greengrocers have opened a shop
     
  15. Or more likely, they think that quote marks are for emphasising things, a bit like underlining. Cos they're dim.