"If you still persist in writing, "Good food at it's best", you deserve to be struck by lightning, hacked up on the spot and buried in an unmarked grave." ~Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
The Grammatically Correct Tagger loaded her offspring and camera into the car earlier this week to take care of some things that had been bothering her:
I choose to believe that the "U R" is due to a lack of letters rather than laziness or the bringing of text-speak to signage. I'm probably wrong but thinking this way makes me feel better. After taking care of business at this establishment, I drove away quickly to avoid the salesperson who was rushing toward my car. That seemed simpler than trying to explain what I was doing there.
Let me preface the next picture by saying that we eat regularly at the restaurant to which this sign belongs. The waitresses recognize us; in fact, one waved to me as I drove in to their parking lot to take this picture.
Because I like this restaurant's breakfasts, I will acknowledge the possibility that this sign's creator meant to say "Best Pie Is In the County" and is correctly using "Pie's", a contraction of the words "Pie" and "Is". Because the phrase appears in quotation marks on the sign, there is also the possibility that it is a quote. Perhaps this restaurant was reviewed in a newspaper and the journalist writing the article misplaced the apostrophe. I would like to think that journalists, or at least their editors, would know about proper apostrophe positioning but, it's possible, they don't. While these are valid options, the most likely scenario is that the apostrophe was incorrectly placed in a plural word which is why the sign has drawn the attention of the GCT.