NZ Govt risks apostrophe war in archipelago

The NZ Government today irresponsibly issued a press statement that threatens instability in South East Asia. It is headed: “Groser NZ rep at Indonesian Presidents inauguration“.

One small slip of a Ministerial press secretary’s key-stoke has resulted in Indonesia having more than one President. The confusion is caused by an unfortunate and unforgivable missing apostrophe in the phrase “Indonesian Presidents inauguration”.

An anonymous Professor of Strategic Studies declared, “there is a risk that this error will severely strain diplomatic relations, and may even escalate into full scale civil-war”.

Someone wise once said that the word is more powerful than the sword, and today’s Government statement could be seen as a desperate and venal attempt by the New Zealand Government to provoke Indonesia.

One equally-anonymous blogger noted that a civil war could serve New Zealand in a number of ways:

  • it could distract Indonesia from noticing the mining potential of our National Parks
  • they’d want our milk for the soldiers
  • it could raise demand and price of oil and we could sell them ours
  • it could even wipe the smug grin off Obama’s face – that Nobel really should have gone to Murray McCully, until today at least.

The Green Party renewed it’s call for better grammatical standards in New Zealand, if only to keep world peace. ๐Ÿ˜‰


And frog has booked in for some therapy.

12 Comments Posted

  1. Greenfly

    Greenfly/Village Idiot โ€“ permanent ban for persistent trolling and impersonating DPF

    A remarkable achievement. Respect, bro,

  2. I see, Greenfly. But pens and swords have an interesting affiliation too in that they both have a ‘sharp end’. But point taken. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Speaking of which (words that is) I believe I now am the only person to have been permanantly banned twice from Kiwiblog, in one lifetime!
    All without having uttered an unpleasant word – not a curse, blaspheme or an indelicate phrase!
    I asked a question of the good burghers of Kiwiblogton and responded to each who responded to me, when, like a bolt from the blue – Farrared!
    Still, it was time to leave them to it. They never liked me much anyhow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Long a it’s [its] not (ms’), (m’s), (Ms’), (M’s)… word.

    FFS, it is MSWord. More’s the pity! A dog of an application, but some of us are required by our employment to use it.

  5. kjuv – yes, but ‘(s)word’ and ‘word’! Could we call it a draw?
    One is correct but the other near magic!

  6. Someone wise once said that the word is more powerful than the sword
    ‘The pen is Mightier than the Sword’ (Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839)

  7. Rumour has it that some years ago a Green Party brochure supporting 4 weeks’ annual leave was held up for a week by an internal debate over whether there is an apostrophe in “4 weeks’ annual leave”, and, if so, where it should be.

    No consensus could be achieved, so it was agreed that a Senior Lecturer from the English Department at Victoria University should arbitrate on the matter.

    And “4 weeks’ annual leave”, which was what Sue Bradford, who has a Post-graduate Diploma in Journalism, had supported throughout, won the debate – but only after an arbitrated decison.

    Think it might be time for me to stop commenting on blogs and send some “textes” – as John Key calls them. Much easier there “cz grmma dnt cnt”.

  8. “The Green Party renewed itโ€™s call for better grammatical standards in New Zealand, if only to keep world peace.”

    ‘its’ in this case should not have an apostrophe. Though it seems logical for the possessive ‘its’ to have an apostrophe, we were taught at school that it doesn’t, to distinguish it from ‘it’s’ as a contraction of ‘it is’.

    That’s the problem with grammatical pedantry, there’s always another, more obscure rule.

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