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Controversy over Cambridge signs

4th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Cambridge City Council has altered several of its road signs, and in doing so has attracted a lot of criticism for its decision not to use apostrophes.

The move has slightly altered the names of streets, for example turning "Scholars' Walk" into "Scholars Walk". The council said the purpose of the move was to "avoid potential confusion over incorrectly punctuated street names".

However, many people believe that the incorrect punctuation sets a bad example. Steve Jenner, from the Plain English Campaign, said the signs now gave mixed messages to schoolchildren.

"In schools we have teachers explaining to students how to use apostrophes, and then we’re saying 'oh well in certain contexts it’s perfectly OK to ignore them'," said Mr Jenner.

This goes to show the importance of making sure safety signs are correctly spelled and punctuated. Failing to do so can cause a surprising amount of controversy, and potentially cause people to miss the signs' message.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801689728-ADNFCR


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