The newfangled apostrophe

Outrage has broken out among pedants everywhere, as it was revealed that Waterstones has dropped the apostrophe from its name. Waterstones is hardly the first business to make this move. For instance, Woolworths was, up until the 1980s, called Woolworth. But people called it Woolworths, so the company adopted it. Note how many people also […]

Rediscovering the Woolworths Virtual Museum

Back when I was a student (and for a little while after I graduated), I worked for Woolworths. I was there from 2006 right until the shutters came down for the last time on 6 January 2009. Working at Woolworths during the closing down sale was one of the most extraordinary periods of my life. […]

Caveats

When I was in Kirkcaldy the other day, I walked past a travel agent and noticed something odd about a sign. It looked wrong in my peripheral vision, so I stopped and took a closer inspection. I found it amusing enough to snap. I only noticed the even smaller “virtually” at the bottom of the […]