Sunday, June 2, 2013

Grammar Ninja in the Sticks

Based on various signs and printed matter I've seen around the area since I moved here, I'd like to remind everyone of a few things:

1) There's no A in cemetery.  (Seen twice so far spelled cemetary on the signs out front of the cemeteries in question)

2) There's only one R and two Fs in sheriff.  (Courtesy of the newspaper who has a weekly column called 'Sherrif's Sale'.)

3) "I before E except after C or when it sounds like an A as in neighbor and weigh." So the local organization did not recieve a grant.  (Also courtesy of the paper - but in an article this time.)

4) There's only one I in private.  (Seen on a sign across someone's driveway: PRIVITE. KEEP OUT.)

5) Resource only has one S.  (The paper again where an article had it spelled resourse.)

Sure, I'm not the most grammatically awesome person who ever lived - especially here on the internet where my internal editor keeps her mouth shut.  But I figure public signs and newspapers should hold themselves to a higher standard.  This stuff out here is conversational - that stuff isn't.

What's the funniest misspelling you've ever seen in public?  Do poorly spelled words in newspapers give you a case of either the giggles or the WTFs? 

*If you're in another country, some of the above may not hold true.  I'm going off U.S. spelling.


  1. lol those are particularly bad.

    The local newspaper back home always had good stuff in it, like yours. The most recent was "in lou" instead of "in lieu". Every time I think of it, it makes me snicker. Poor, poor Lou.

    I've also seen "Twighlight" at a local CD/DVD store. And at a movie theatre once, it said, "The Propasal."

  2. LOL! Your newspaper needs a copy editor.

  3. Don't point out the mistakes to the paper. They'll hire you. For free. Whether you want to be hired or not. Just sayin'... :)

    Typos drive me bonkers--in professionally edited books, newspapers, and magazines. Spell checker is the worst thing that ever happened to literacy.

    The funniest was in a legal brief submitted to the Court of Appeals (where I worked at the time) dealing with a probate matter. The plaintiff kept talking about the SOUL HEIR. Yeah, that should have been SOLE, dude.