What’s special about this sign? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not the fact that they misspelled “specialty.”
I’m starting to wonder if there are people who truly don’t know that the word you’re exists.
For instance, the person who did this:
Did this person have his/her fair share of beer before making the sign, or is he/she one of the unfortunate English speakers who doesn’t have a clue that your and you’re aren’t interchangeable?
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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…
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?
It was almost a year ago that I made my first post featuring an incorrect spelling of “jalapeno.”
A few nights ago, I was reading a menu at the Red Room in Boise and spotted this one:
If “jalapeno” isn’t on the list of most commonly misspelled words, it should be.