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I are an English major

March 23, 2007

Spelling is a big issue with me. I know I drive my kids crazy with it, but I really don’t think there’s any reason that they can’t spell words correctly. One of my pet peeves related to this spelling thing is spelling a word incorrectly in the answer when the word is right there, spelled correctly, in the question! This makes me crazy and we spend lots of time reviewing and redoing homework. At the end of the day, though, they really are just kids and I expect them to make mistakes sometimes.

I don’t, however, expect corporations to make spelling mistakes. I don’t expect folks who pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to have advertising agencies get their spin out there to make spelling mistakes. I also don’t expect the folks teaching spelling and grammar to my kids to make spelling and grammar mistakes. It seems to me like we’ve lost the basic skill of proofreading and I never cease to be amazed at how often I see examples of it.

Some of my favorites:

On the Red Robin table tent: “Are you thristy?” — Gosh, I hope not. Is that a new kind of disease? Or is that a different way of saying thrifty? Oh…you meant “are you thirsty?” Hope you didn’t pay much for that ad campaign.

On the aisle marker at Wal-Mart: “Table-clothes” — Wow, I had no idea that the word had a hyphen… and have I been mispronouncing it all these years?

On the roundabout sign in front of the local car dealership: “Yeild” — I guess we don’t teach “i before e except after c” anymore, either.

On a kiosk in the mall: “All of our mechanics are cerfified.” — Cerfified, huh? Like with a board and some wax? Big wave, dude?

On a billboard in South Dakota: “Joe’s Toe Service” with a picture of a tow truck. Enough said…

Please add your own “spelling error” observations. I’d love to hear them. Maybe if the list gets long enough we can start a website or something… πŸ™‚

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Christine permalink
    March 24, 2007 12:44 am

    Ohhh honey, you and I are cut from the same clothe, I mean clothes, I mean CLOTH! πŸ˜‰ hehehe

    My hangup is also spelling yes, but MORE so for me: grammar. My beautiful daughter is in Pre-K, and I’m shocked at the simple errors one of her teachers continually make. The latest example is: “Sophia had a great day today! Her and Catalina played in the sand.” Owwwwwwwwwwch. “Her” and Catalina? My goodness!

  2. Christine permalink
    March 24, 2007 12:45 am

    and here I am making my own error… πŸ˜‰ but, I’m on meds and have an excuse right now!

    “I’m shocked at the simple errors one of her teachers continually MAKES.” yes, I caught it right after I clicked Submit.

  3. March 25, 2007 4:52 am

    Why does my intelligent sister keep saying “that’s neet”? It gets me all disorientated.

  4. March 26, 2007 4:43 pm

    Funny! All I know is that I have to be careful I don’t dangle any “participles”! Another favorite of mine in addition to funny spelling errors are translation errors! Check out this site for a laugh or two… http://www.transperfect.com/tp/eng/badxlate.html

  5. Lynda permalink
    March 27, 2007 8:00 pm

    My daughter called me last Thursday with a funny one. Her boss (Wal-Mart manager extraordinaire)at the vision center wrote on one of their returns reports: “The lenes keep pooping out.” Two mistakes in the same sentence!

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