Talk:shepherds pie

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Is this really spelled without the apostrophe? Is this another green-grocer's apostrophe? Or is it a common misspelling/miss-punctuation? --Connel MacKenzie 16:34, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

  • You can't make Google take apostrophes seriously, but a quick look finds more entries without the apostrophe than with, even though that is "wrong". I haven't found a "shepherds' pie" yet though. SemperBlotto 16:39, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
    • p.s. I also removed tomatoes from the definition, though a minority of the web recipes use it (sarilege!) SemperBlotto 16:41, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
  • I've always wanted to spell it with the apostrophe but sadly I felt I would be swimming against an extremely strong tide,
    • Defo agree about the tomatoes. Good grief! Moglex 16:48, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
      • One of the advantages of books.google's Advanced Search is that when you search for "Exact Phrase" it does seem to consider apostrophes (and ampersands, though I haven't checked for other odd characters/punctuation). Although it isn't foolproof, it gets it right most of the time. And it shows 2470 hits with an apostrophe and only 91 without. So get published, and may the tide be with you! (BTW, this has Shepherds' Pie.) (Google Books also has 5760 hits for the London district of Shepherd's Bush, compared with only 1380 for Shepherds Bush, in spite of the several greengrocers, butchers, etc who have shops there.) --Enginear 17:25, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
        • Well, the people who do the traffic signs around that area (Shepherd's Bush) seem to omit the apostrophe so how the local children are supposed to learn I don't know. I'm going there tomorrow. Perhaps with a pot of paint?
Marked as substandard. Andrew massyn 01:59, 25 November 2006 (UTC)