I picked up an advert for a “Valentines Dinner and Dance” from our staff social room. My first thought was to gloatingly point out the lack of apostrophe, mocking the ineptitude of St James’ Park.
However, on further contemplation, I admit, I may have been over eager in my mocking.
Obviously Valentine’s Day requires an apostrophe. It is a day that commemorates St Valentine. Arguably this “Valentines Dinner” could require an apostrophe if it is a dinner commemorating St Valentine.
However, I have a feeling that it is instead referring to the idea of being someone’s ‘valentine’. Therefore this would be a dinner for a number of valentines: a Valentines Dinner.
Regardless of whether the punctuation is right or wrong, surely the whole idea of spending your Valentine’s Day with a bunch of other couples is weird, right?