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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “the sign says”. Boy, am I going to have fun with this photo challenge theme! I constantly spot signs with typos, signs that don’t make sense, or signs that are just plain silly. Here’s a selection of a few I’ve run across.
The shameful typos
If spelling “desert” incorrectly at this exhibit of the San Diego Air & Space Museum is not enough, maybe also screwing up “velocity” will do it. I emailed this photo to the museum after I took it, only to be told they had “rented” the exhibit and couldn’t make any corrections. I should add this image was on a computer screen. Do you know how hard it is to update an electronic document? Apparently, for museum people, it’s impossible. I wonder what Sahara dessert tastes like. Probably a little dry.
I found the next sign in a very large format in the window of a sports supply store. Apparently, the advertising people at the 686 sports clothing company don’t know the difference between a plural S and a possessive S. That will teach them to lay off their one and only proofreader in tough economic times.
The next typo wasn’t on a sign but on my computer screen instead, as an ad in the browser window page I was looking at. I think when a TV network can’t spell “irresistible”, yes, I can resist watching the show.
The outdated rules we’re glad are gone
I found this set of rules for teachers in the Old Town part of Poway, California, in a room where a small classroom environment had been recreated. No wonder American teachers decided to unionize when they were being treated so poorly!
I found this last sign, actually a metal plate, on a local park bench. Excuse the bird poop on it but I didn’t have anything to clean it up before taking this photo. What a lovely tribute to a wife by her loving husband. I bet there’s a really beautiful love story behind it.
As a matter of fact, I have a recipe for the Sahara Dessert I’m happy to share … 😉
I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a compulsion to photograph all the crazy grammar and spelling errors out there!
I’m a linguist by education so typos and poor grammar are always fun to spot. How many pounds of sand do you use in your recipe?
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The recipe calls for a dump truck full of sand. That won’t be a problem, will it?
I am a former newspaper editor, and get far too much enjoyment out of cringeworthy signs.
And there are a lot of signs to make fun of!
I love the Sahara Dessert, too. I have some signs and things like this on my blog, where I highlight them in my Grammar nazi posts. Funny but annoying.
Hey, somebody’s gotta do that job! The worst part is, when I point typos out, I never get a positive response where people will actually fix it. That’s really pathetic.
That can be tricky. They’re probably embarrassed.
I try to say it nicely but most of the times the answer is, oh well, too late now, or… sorry, can’t do anything about it! Argh…
Check my “Grammar nazi” category if you want to see some other things like this that I’ve spotted. I can tell you’re a closet Grammar nazi. 🙂 Or maybe you’ve already come out.
I’ll have to hop on over later today to check it out. I could use a little giggle. 🙂
You’ll alternate between laughing and tearing out your hair! I do.
What’s an extra s or l? 😀
I feel a little better about the typos I cringe over in our newspapers and on TV!! 😀
There are SO many typos here, from small and large businesses alike, it shows you people pay little attention and care to the way they communicate.
the Sahara Dessert was pretty good, although a tad prickly for my tastes… nice find!
Did you wash down that Sahara dessert with some “oassis” water? I wish I didn’t find this stuff but it’s everywhere around us…
i know. it is very disconcerttttting.
Oh my gosh…from one grammar police person to another…you win the prize in this week’s photo challenge. Love it!!!
Haha, thank you! It looks like there are a lot of us, grammar police officers, out there!
Old teach’s rule are so funny. Here’s one we found at work: Once the woman is “showing” meaning pregnant, teach must stop working.
Oh, that’s pretty good… The rules I photographed said any female teacher had to resign if she should marry. They knew what was coming next!
What if didn’t happen, yikes. No job. 😆
I guess she had her husband to support her. That sure left the job market open for plenty of people.
To good friends and many ridings ahead! Signs that make us think, reflect, even smile…which we do need everyday. Have a wonderful weekend.
It’s amazing to see how many signs surround us and how they can arise an emotion out of us.
Aww! What else can you say about that last one? 🙂
I know! I would love to know the whole love story of this couple.
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