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There are a series of very, very English books set in the late '40s by a gentleman called Edmund Crispin about a politician and gentleman detective called Gervase Fen. If you're in the right frame of mind they're great fun to read. Out of curiosity I had a look at the Amazon reviews of them and most of them are very positive. I found one however that went on and on about an England that never existed and how the war had only been over for a couple of years when these are set, yadda, yadda. It was an incredibly self-important, so-far-up-itself-it-can't-see-daylight review by somebody who clearly thought they were just a cut above the norm. It included this phrase:

....... At it's best the style is delicate....


Was it very wrong of me to drop in a comment telling them about the misused apostrophe?

Oh a mighty bitch moment, no doubt, but utterly deserved. If you're going to be a smartarse, be a smartarse who knows their apostrophes.

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