Despite ostensibly being the possession of a man named Tim Horton rather than some sort of coalition of men with the same name, the Tim Hortons coffee/donut chain seems to have lost its much needed apostrophe. This apparently occurred some time during the mid-90s, allegedly because of Quebec’s language laws.
Remember the whole “Eatons vs. Eaton’s” kerfuffle? Well, Timmies decided that it wasn’t worth the money to produce two sets of signs, napkins, etc. and folded like a cheap suit. We can all rest-assured that the distinct French culture of Quebec was thus saved, but now the rest of the country has to stare at an obvious grammatical mistake. Given the weed-like rate at which the coffee shops are popping up, the “error” is all the more egregious.
We’re disturbed to see the li’l guy missing and we’re not the only ones.
If you also wish the signs said “Tim Horton’s” (just like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Harvey’s and everyone else!), you can sign a petition here.
And, hey, did you know that Tim’s real name was Miles Gilbert Horton? Hmmm…