What does “UTI” stand for? (And other questionable acronyms)

It’s a possibility that my brain is hardwired so that my initial thoughts are as inappropriate as possible. But years ago, I remember hearing an ad on the radio for Universal Technical Institute–UTI–and I thought, Who would name a school so that it shares the same acronym as “urinary tract infection”?

Recently, I attended a friend’s wedding in Kuna, a nearby town, and down the street from the wedding venue is a daycare incredulously named Kuna Kave Kids. (Note: Kuna is home to the Kuna Caves, an underground lava tube cave system.) My jaw dropped and my boyfriend laughed like a loon at the idea of a daycare donning a name that could be abbreviated as “KKK”–especially considering that the original spelling of “Cave” was altered.

There are others, too: Wisconsin Tourism Federation (WTF), STD Contractors in Michigan, S & M Amusements (arcade sales and service), and PMS Mortgage (www.trustpms.com, as if I’m going to trust something that makes me moody and fat every month), just to name a few.

I'd like to get a quote on herpes, please...

It’s not “grammar,” but it’s another aspect of our language that tends to get overlooked in such a way that some of these people deserve Darwin Awards for their stupidity. A daycare called KKK? Really? And I thought we were teaching our children that the Holocaust was a bad thing.

WTF is up with these acronyms?

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In the market for some spelling errors?

First off, HAPPY NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY!

Last night, I made a trip to the store to buy some fudge bars and left with something even better:

I see some spelling that needs to be disinfected...

Rapsberry: the official flavor of Ghostface Killa?

This sign is special

Repeat offender alert! Earlier this year, Club Savvy’s horribly botched the spelling of “tonight.” I pass this sign several times a week and I’ve had my eye on it for the past seven months. Today they FINALLY messed up again.

You might want to take it easy on those keg cups, Savvy...

It’s a good thing I did a spell check…

While researching for an article I was writing, I made the mistake of utilizing Yahoo! Answers. After filling in the subject line, I was notified of a spelling error in my question. I read over my four measly words several times and I simply did not see this supposed offending spelling error. So, finally, I opted to do a spell check before I proceeded with the detail portion of the form.

And this is what I got.

I just…I can’t…nope, I have no words for this.

Thanks, Yahoo! Answers. I would have looked like an idiot asking a question about scholarship statistics when I really meant to ask about schostatip statistics.

Yeesh.

Grammar Cats (Lolcats video by yours truly)

I have promoted myself from Nerd to Gargantuan Nerd. Because the whole world is gaga over lolcats (as am I), I have put together a little video I like to call “Grammar Cats.” Make fun of me. I’ll make fun of me with you. Just don’t lie and say you didn’t laugh at least a little.

Spelling mistake fresh from the oven

Walmart advertises being able to top Winco’s price on Freschetta pizzas. Too bad they can’t spell the brand correctly…

Proofreading is safer than looking stupid

When they say, “Specifically compounded for each individual’s needs,” does that also include a need to be more literate?