Random Inkings

April 24, 2008

ILF – It Looks Funny

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 3:51 pm


image I pass this bank almost every day. They have a branch in the local Safeway store near me. You have no idea how many times I’ve wanted to sneak over to their outdoor sign at night and paint an apostrophe between the e and the s of Peoples. But I don’t because that’s vandalism. I’m sorely tempted though. However, today I was in the store and I caught the eye of one of the tellers and stated, “Do you realize your bank name is missing an apostrophe?”

“No, it’s not” he retorted. I asked he why and, with a broad sweeping gesture of his arm, he said, “Because it’s peopulllllzzzzz, as in a lot of people.”

Oh dear god.

I told him people was already plural but he said, “No, it means more people.” He couldn’t explain it better than that.

So, editor that I am, I had to come home and look it up in the dictionary.

Merriam-Webster says this:

5. plural    peoples : a body of persons that are united by a common culture, tradition, or sense of kinship, that typically have common language, institutions, and beliefs, and that often constitute a politically organized group.

So, I guess, in a sense, I’m wrong and the dumb guy at the bank is right, but what a bad idea for a name. Really, folks. Obviously, I wasn’t the first person to question it as he seemed to have a pat answer, even if he was inarticulate.

Could you imagine having to say that every day when answering the phone? “Thank you for calling Peoples Bank.” I’d develop a lisp, I’m sure.

And I was so distressed about the whole thing, I ran a red light.



  1. Yeah, it sounds like something GW would say! ha

    Many years ago, I worked for a company called FW Means. And when I told people this, they would invariably respond with “FW means what?” (Oh well, it was the founder’s name.)

    Comment by Bev — April 25, 2008 @ 5:06 am | Reply

  2. @Bev – it’s funny how people don’t think of that stuff when creating names. Even baby names. I should start a discussion on dumb baby names.

    Comment by Little Miss — April 27, 2008 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  3. No, you were right, and the teller was wrong. “Peoples” refers to people of many different cultures, such as in the phrase “the peoples of the world.” However, even though China has a lot of diversity, please notice that it’s “The People’s Republic of China,” not “The Peoples’ Republic of China.”

    At the very least, if the bank wants to use the plural “peoples,” then it needs an apostrophe at the end: “The Peoples’ Bank.”

    No matter how you slice it, that bank is a bastion of illiteracy. šŸ˜› Too bad that graduating from high school isn’t a prerequisite for working at that bank, whether it’s as CEO or as a teller. šŸ˜‰

    Comment by Sam — January 8, 2009 @ 11:21 am | Reply

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