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Several years ago, a teacher of mine showed this to me and I was rather intrigued by it. I forgot about it until today, when I passed this sign:
All I can say is, it’s a good thing we read words as a whole! Otherwise, I may have never known that this restaurant has some badass flat screen TVs. Oh, did you catch that? I said “screen,” not “screens.” How long does it take to proofread a 9-word sentence? Seriously…
Not to sound like a nerd, but reading this made me giddy. Every day, I have to fight the temptation to edit my coworkers’ e-mails (I have an extra hard time not doing this to upper management). I can’t imagine the conniption fit I’d have if one of my teachers used improper grammar.
What sucks more than a grammar error? How about five grammar errors made by the same business? A friend of mine sent this to me and my jaw nearly dropped when I saw it. Dirty Harry’s really needs to clean up its act! (Bahahaha, I love cheesy puns.)
One thing I’ve never mentioned here is that I’m a cat FREAK. My closest friends are afraid to say the word “cat” in my presence for fear of listening to me ramble on about cats for an hour without taking a breath.
For those of you who are familiar with lolcats, you know the truest form of a lolcat contains the worst spelling and grammar ever witnessed by mankind. For the sake of understanding this post, please check out the website if you’ve never seen a lolcat.
I’ve seen some pretty cute lolcats that poke fun at the traditional lolcats by donning proper grammar and spelling. So, to mix things up a bit here on my blog, I’ve dedicated an entire post to my ten favorite grammar-related lolcats.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love lolcats and I think their intentionally horrific grammar is hilarious. In fact, when I imagine the thoughts my own cat is having, I always envision his grammar is pretty awful. He is, after all, a cat. 😉
At the pet store today, I stumbled across TWO misspellings. Unacceptable!
Exhibit A: “Cinnamon” is spelled incorrectly.
Annnnnd, Exhibit B: They were able to spell “budgerigars” properly (I admit, I had to research to make sure they did!), but not “origin.”
An employee at this pet store walked around the corner just as I was photographing these signs. She didn’t say anything to me, but she (understandably) gave me an odd look. I thought about explaining myself but I chickened out. I’ll admit, I’m not as assertive as I should be. So I’m wondering, do any of my fellow grammar snobs point out grammatical errors when you see them in public places?
I realize this sign has limited space, but I have a feeling the second “f” in “coffee” is missing due to lack of brains rather than lack of space. Also, what in the world is the first word on the second line supposed to be? When I first saw the sign, I thought it was supposed to say “odd items,” but it could also be “food items” or “good items.” The world may never know.
The last thing I wonder (that has nothing to do with grammar) is: what is an evening item?