Ann Widdecombe calls for apostrophe to be ‘cancelled’ in bizarre grammar debate

Jeremy Vine: Widdecombe says apostrophe ‘needs cancelling’

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Former politician Ann Widdecombe chimed into a strange debate on the Jeremy Vine Show where the panel discussed the use of grammar and spelling in day-to-day communication. A caller by the name of Lucy said she was a stickler for grammar and attacked people who use grammar incorrectly. Ms Widdecombe could be heard agreeing with the caller as she said the apostrophe is “so abused” that it should be cancelled.

Speaking on the Jeremy Vine Show, caller Lucy spoke with host Mr Vine and told him she was part of the “punctuation police” and hated incorrect grammar. 

Lucy was asked what was the worst offence she had seen to which she replied there were “too many” to recall. 

Mr Vine said he saw the word “fete” but it had an apostrophe before the last E.

Ms Widdecombe shared her thoughts and said the apostrophe was so abused it needed cancelling. 

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Caller Lucy agreed and said she gets “so frustrated” at the incorrect use of the apostrophe. 

Later on in the programme, Ms Widdecombe and Mr Vine got into a heated clash over the phrase “Adrian Wells’ House”.

The pair disagreed where the apostrophe belongs, either attached to the word or as apostrophe S on the end. 

Ms Widdecome said: “No, no, a plural is an apostrophe outside, an apostrophe outside of the word.”

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Mr Vine hit back: “Okay, let us say it is him in the house.

“It is Adrian Wells’ house, you are saying it is an apostrophe s.

“Nobody ever does that, look at the bible, Jesus’ disciples, J-E-S-U-S apostrophe.”

Ms Widdecombe also debated the use of masks on the show as she agreed with the Government who have taken the stance that people should make their own judgement. 

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Mandatory mask-wearing will be dropped on July 19 and it will now be a personal choice on whether to wear one or not. 

However, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced TfL would keep the wearing of masks and would make it a condition of travel. 

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She told the programme: “I think Boris got it absolutely right when he said make your own judgements,” Ann began. “There’s a difference, and this was his analogy, there is a difference between a rammed tube train and an empty railway carriage.

“So make your own decisions and that to me was the way we should go towards freedom, people exercising their grown-up judgements.”

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