Grammar

Well, At Least This Tattoo Typo Will Be Easy to Fix

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When an NBA star recently showed off his new ink, fans immediately began mocking him because of a tattoo typo! But one apostrophe can fix it!

People love to point out spelling errors and grammatical mistakes, and that’s especially true of the dreaded tattoo typo!

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum recently showed off his latest ink.

Let me get a few things out of the way. First, I hate basketball. Second, I hate tattoos (with only a tiny handful of exceptions). Third, screwups involving apostrophes set me off.

Tatum, who is no stranger to success on the basketball court or tattoos, put a large back tattoo on display.

The tattoo was surely supposed to read, “God’s Will.” But the apostrophe was missing, so it reads, “Gods Will.”

Right below that, a Bible reference reads, “Proverbs 3: 5-6.” That verse states:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Christians certainly regard that as sage advice, even if we don’t always follow it.

Fans quickly jeered the new body art because of what some call an obvious grammatical error. Sports writer Harrison Faigen said the tattoo is an example of “why copy editors are important.”

Yeah, yeah, everyone knew what it’s supposed to say. And to be fair, since it’s spelled out across the athlete’s back, he’d have had a hard time catching the mistake as it happened. One might hope the tattoo artist would have caught the mistake, however.

I’m no artist, of course. But I’m guessing an apostrophe could fit easily next to the D and above the S.

The apostrophe is necessary to make the word Gods a possessive. The will is that of God.

Otherwise, without the apostrophe, it appears to be saying there are multiple gods who desire things to happen. And I’m guessing, from things he posts on his Twitter feed, that this is not at all what he meant to convey.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.