Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Why don’t printing companies use spell check and have someone who proofs their work?

I see it all the time but just recently I came across two instances where I just can’t believe that someone actually printed thousands of pages with fucked up things on them.

I was at a restaurant the other day (in a snooty part of town) and was looking at the menu when I noticed potato spelled P-O-T-A-T-O and P-O-T-A-T-O-E. I quickly brought it to Mariah’s attention. We exchanged weird looks and the proceeded to continue scrutinizing the menu, at which point we found the same issue with the word tomato…spelled with and without an E at the end.

Then yesterday, I was looking through some of the store circulars in the Los Angeles Times and came across this 4 page, full color ad for a store that is closing a location and has a huge sale going on….but nowhere in the ad does it say the name of the store or an address….WTF?! The funny part is that Mariah and I were very interested in going to the store to get some stuff...but we have no clue what it is ...or where it is.

By the way...why are the weekly store ads called circulars? English is stupid!

Who the fuck at the paper or the store’s marketing department…or the restaurant’s printer is there to ensure that everything reads well? Obviously nobody. I don’t know why this gets under my skin so much…but it does!!!

The English language pisses me off enough…now, on top of that I have to come across shit like this ….HOW DUMB ARE PEOPLE?


Stephanie said...

Once upon a time before I had children I was the circulation director for our local newspaper. They paid us twenty five cents for every error we found before the paper went to press. Until I started making like three hundred bucks on top of my paycheck pointing out their stupidity. I don't know why it's so hard for some people. But, as you and I can attest, it sure is nice to be brilliant! ;)

nitebyrd said...

Idiocy abounds.

Anonymous said...

I'm an English major, and the grammar cop of the family. Just the other day, my son wrapped up a huge project and was showing me the powerpoint he'd made. On the FIRST slide, he spelled "begining". Ugh! He got mad, said I was being too critical.


I point shit out all the time, at businesses and whatnot. And I've begun to think that they do it on purpose; what draws attention to a billboard or marquee more than fucked up grammar?

Publicity, my friend, is nice whether it's good or bad. And most people don't care that they look stupid, just to someone NOTICES them.

My vulgarity-laden two cents . . .

SweetPeaSurry said...

This is one of my biggest pet peeves in chat. There are just a boat ton of stupid people out there. I'm a hypocrite like that though, because I'm all about the run-on sentence!

ChocDrop said...

Oh I have to agree. I do have an anal mentality for spelling. Grammar not so much. If you can't spell it then pick another word!!!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

The one that gets me time and time again is breathe and breath.

Cathy said...

When I see things like this I wonder if it is a reflection of how stupid publishers or printers think the general public is.

Do they think we are too dumb to notice? It is almost as if there is an attitude of..."why bother fixing it, the idiots won't notice."

More than likely though it is just laziness. A need to rush through the work without paying attention to the details.

In other words, we aren't the idiots they are.

What is truly irritating to me is when I purchase a book, pay hard earned money for it and find misspelled words.

It is annoying as hell that an editor who makes far more money than I do gets away with shit like that.

dadshouse said...

One great thing about Dan Quayle (the only great thing?) is he taught us all how to spell potatoe!

Er... I mean, potato.

There's a restaurant in a nearby snooty town with a sign that says "restuarant". I LMAO every time I see it!


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