Tuesday, June 30, 2009

No Words Can Describe

At a loss here. What can I say? It makes me afraid for my children and their children and the world in which they will all have to find a way to survive. Some day, in the not too distant future, world leaders will no longer have a clue about proper grammar. The President of the United States will appear to give a "Steak of the Onion" address. And then we will know. The end is near.

Thanks to Terry for this one. It is a large sign outside of a restaurant in a college town. A COLLEGE TOWN!

Friday, June 26, 2009

How Much For The Real Shoes?

Just a quick post.

This is from a newsletter that comes from a very nice Country Club in the area. They were promoting a sale on golf shoes by FootJoy:

In celebrating 20 years of the DryJoy, you are entitled to a $20 discount on the purchase of a near pair of DryJoys (excluding the MyJoys).

I guess they were selling knockoffs?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Buff Chicken Beaks

There's a columnist in the newspaper who writes about being a Mom to young children. Sometimes her column is very funny, and other times it misses the mark (in my opinion). Occasionally I will read her column and get a laugh or two.

So, when I finally got around to reading Sunday's paper last night (I have an obsession with looking at every day's paper, even if it means reading it a few days late), I started reading her column and found this:

"So I'm doing my Total Body Fitness class. But come on. It's not really the total body. I mean we're hitting the pecks, abs and all."

I didn't think too much of it. After all, misspelling an abbreviation can go either way - they can be very personal. But some abbreviations are so widespread and accepted that it's just wrong to spell it another way. So my eyes kept gravitating back to that word. Pecks. Pecks. The more I looked at it, the funnier it got!

My brain couldn't stop conjuring up visions of chicken beaks.

Monday, June 8, 2009

I'll Bet The Pawsengers Can Spell

There is a new airline starting up. The target audience is your pet. That's right - your dog, or cat, or iguana (although for now I think they are limiting it to dogs and cats).

My brother sent me the link to the site, so of course I had to poke around to see if it was for real. This is an airline that will fly ONLY pets. People are not allowed. They have a private jet that has been altered "for the comfort of our guests". They like to call their guests pawsengers.

So I'm looking around in the FAQ (because it's just too hard to believe that this idea will fly - no pun intended), and I find this:

And that was only the beginning. The site wasn't too bad, actually. All of the links worked, navigation was sensible, and information was easy to find. But spelling errors were rampant (not counting the pawsengers).

Fix the stupid errors, look more professional, and the business might have a chance!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Teachers Obviously Need to Return

This is from the editorial page in the paper yesterday. The EDITORIAL page! I've never worked for a newspaper, but I've always suffered from the delusion that the editorial writers were the smartest and best that worked at the paper. I mean, anyone who can go on for paragraphs about world politics or other things that are over my head must be the smartest of the smart, right?
How in the world of Doonesbury did this headline get by anyone? And if the teachers are leaving, someone had better get them back pronto or the headlines are only going to get worse.
Now I understand why so many newspapers are going belly up.
Blogger is driving me batshit with the inconsistency of paragraph spacing! That post is NOT supposed to be one big paragraph. I've tried editing html, comapring to other posts, etc. NOTHING is working!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Your Mother's WHAT?!

Melodie's wonderful husband took her on a lovely romantic getaway for Mother's Day. She spotted this sign while they were driving around. She only had a moment to react (hence the signpost in the way), so thanks, Melodie, for your quick reflexes!

So I have to ask - depending on how your mind works - take time to thank our Mother's what, exactly? Just try and keep your mind out of the gutter on that one.

Friday, June 5, 2009

May 24rd Comes Right After May 23th.

Courtesy of Kristilyn, this is a screenshot from a TV show she was watching about weddings. I sincerely hope that the invitations didn't say the date was May 24rd.

Believe it or not, I come across this error fairly often. It usually occurs when someone is using a template for an event and changing the dates, times, etc.. Without giving a second thought to proofreading. And then publishing it for all the world to see.

I will say that I approve of the budget. These weddings you hear about that cost $50,000 and up are completely out of hand. (And I'm willing to be that they also have spelling/grammatical errors!)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

AP - Awful Press

You might need to click the image to see it larger in order to read the fantastic copy. I thought about cropping it to show just the text, but that would have meant clipping off the fact that this appeared on Yahoo! News and was an official AP story (written, I assume, by an official AP writer).

Unfortunately, a sad news story, but come on - razes? Seriously?

Associated Press - now hiring Communication Major dropouts.