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Typos and mis-spellings

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Arch, 15 Jan 2008.

  1. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Went for a haircut today, and there was a word processed note up in the hairdressers, advertising two houses to let. It was a classic of illiteracy. Apparently both houses were 'of the Haxby Road, a couple of minutes from the collage' and had "a fridgefrezzer, and all the mod cons, hoover, ironing board ect ect."

    I wondered if it was actually one of those adverts for a proof reading course... I suspect they had the spellchecker off, anyway....
     
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    you should never rely on a spellchecker, especially as most are set to american spellings. it's the incorrect use of apostrophies that bugs me most.

    i blame the b-52's for setting a bad example xx(
     
  3. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    I used to do inspections of teacher-training courses, and I saw one delightful example of a handout given to trainees, telling them to make sure not to include "speeling" mistakes xx(:rolleyes: in stuff they give to students. I had to comment on this in a report, and therefore I quadruple-checked my report for "speelings" before submitting.
     
  4. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I dont like greengrocer's apostrophy's either
     
  5. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    From a sign on the way to my grandparents' cottage:

    "Before you louse something up, thimpk."
     
  6. NickM

    NickM Über Member

    Whereas I am irked by the incorrect spelling of "apostrophes"...
     
  7. dmoan

    dmoan Über Member

    I used to pass a typical old Belfast 'Housebreakers' shop (the type of place that buys all of your granny's old furniture for £100 when she dies). On the hand-painted sign above the shop, the owner had painted 'All Idems Bought & Sold' xx(

    It makes perfect phonetic sense when read with a broad Belfast accent, but it makes me laugh everytime I see it.
     
  8. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Brilliant, yes! I can hear it!

    When we first arrived at York, we were all directed to the Rools of Riting Inglish departmental webpage:

    "To start with, here are some short rules. The point is that each of them illustrates the common error that it describes. Read them carefully, and be sure that you can see the error.

    1. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

    2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

    3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.

    4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

    5. Avoid cliches like the plague.

    6. Also, always absolutely avoid and abjure annoying alliteration.

    7. Be more or less specific.

    8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) inappropriate.

    9. No sentence fragments.

    10. One should never, ever generalise.

    11. Contractions aren't necessary, and shouldn't be used.

    12. Do not use no double negatives.

    13. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

    14. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary.

    15. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.

    16. Kill all exclamation marks!!!!!!

    17. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

    18. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place, and omit it when its not needed.

    19. Puns are for children, not groan adults.

    20. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. "


    It was actually a very good way to double check some things...
     
  9. That'll kill about 90% of the posts here stone dead then etc..!!!!!
     
  10. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral

    I raed smoe wehre taht as long as the last and first ltteres wree in the rghit palce, words jumbled up cluod siltl be understood?

    It taht crroect? xx(:smile:
     
  11. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    Yes. <- Teshe lrtetres are in fcat jbmueld.
     
  12. Pete

    Pete Guest

    xx( I remember contributing a couple of my own to that list:
    21. The splitting of phrasal verbs is something up with which I will not put.
    22. It is better that the subjunctive be not over-used.
    [edit] and another:
    23. WRITING TEXT ALL IN CAPITALS AMOUNTS TO SHOUTING.
     
  13. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Yes, taht is preceflty crrocet: in fcat I hvae jsut tdoay raed out a pceie of txet with jsut taht porretpy. It is smthoenig to do wtih oen's lfet-brian/rghit-barin fnctuoin, I bleveie.
     
  14. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    But pelase dno't tlel the sdutents, it'll mkae mkranig eassys hraedr!
     
  15. Alan Frame

    Alan Frame Professional retiree

    Seen in a local butcher's shop : "Scarthings for sale". Something to do with pork rind, I understand.

    From a genuine log recording a call to police from a concerned resident : "I think my neighbour is diseased." It was rather more serious than that, the neighbour was deceased.

    It all adds to life's rich tapestry.