I'm still feeling rubbish but I was tickled by this article pointed out by Wendy.
I have to say that I do have a huge amount of sympathy with Stefan Gatward, who has been adding in the missing apostrophes which have been omitted from his local street signs. If I was confronted with a sign that read St Johns Close, I'd have been tempted to do the same.
I don't know quite what it is about an apostrophe in the wrong place that brings me out in hives to the extent that I even have to persecute my fellow bloggers, but I do think it's important to get these things right. I have to say that I really appreciated Yousuf's gracious response - even if he did make the same mistake in a later posting.
They're a useful tool for any sort of written communication and in the wrong place can drastically change the meaning of a sentence.
Our language does lose out if we continually dumb it down and fail to teach the next generation how to properly express themselves.
Hysterical overreaction? Possibly, but I can't afford the therapy to get me over it, so you'll just have to put up with it:-)