One more apostrophe abused before the weekend.

Written By: admin - Dec• 26•08

Marjorie (thanks again!) notes that Gene and his crew appear to be “Highly skilled specialists — but not in grammar.”


Simple, but still quite wrong.

Written By: admin - Dec• 22•08

This one speaks for itself.


Thanks, Marjorie!

They disregard punctuation to keep my prices down!

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•08

A two-bit mom-n-pop operation run by immigrants gets a lot of leeway.  An international furniture behemoth?  Not so much.  Check this out, spotted at the Ikea cafeteria while we waited for our Swedish meatballs…


(That first word is “choose,” in case that’s not clear.)

A seperate piece of mail…

Written By: admin - Dec• 09•08

Hahaha.  I crack myself up.  Michael, however, is less amused about this envelope he just received from Citi.  I do worry that this one might be a losing battle, though, Michael, if it is in fact the second most common misspelling on the internets.


National Parks grammar fail!

Written By: admin - Dec• 08•08

I’m embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t quite sure what Sarah had found wrong here.  It brings to mind our original MARTA find, only deliciously… more.


Let’s play “count the errors”!

Written By: admin - Dec• 05•08

How many errors can you spot?  First-time RPB-er Marjorie found this, and now my head is spinning!   Apparently Jim Lee has fabricated (to use the Trendy Word of 2008) a tale entitled “Telling Time,” but there are so many other things going on here…


Spelling goes to the dogs.

Written By: admin - Nov• 24•08

Okay, so recently, I stumbled on this online discussion of grammar-snobbery, and how it’s closely tied to classism and even racism.  And the argument was fairly compelling, and I was feeling bad about mocking non-standard English.  I mean, “We closed we out of meet” makes me giggle, but I also feel a tiny bit bad about giggling, because some hard-working burger employee made that sign, and I am fully aware of the socioeconomic differences likely to be found between myself and that person.  I’ve made burgers in a commercial establishment, and it sucks.  You earn a little forgiveness doing that stuff.

But I really do draw a line at printed things.  It is my belief that if one is a business — large or small — and one is going to make a sign, it behooves one to check the sign.  Really.  And if one is a huge-ass business with franchises all over the place, and one is, say, producing t-shirts, even if they are for dogs, I would argue that it’s worth taking five minutes and running spell-check on the things before you send them to the printer and then distribute them to a gazillion stores.  Really.  COME ON.


I saw this at PetSmart this weekend.  Frustrated, I googled the thing, and was pleased to see it pop up as “Definitely Up to Something.”  Aha, I thought — someone caught it, and it’s just that my local store got a shipment of the bad ones.  But then I clicked through and discovered that in fact the text of the product description is spelled correctly (presumably because of the squiggly red line that appeared under “definately” when the text was being edited), but the t-shirt displayed is still wrong.


Pillage, THEN burn.

Written By: admin - Nov• 21•08

Sarah notes,

…and then I got sugar-free hazelnut creamer all over the kitchen.

Well, that’s what happens when you follow the directions, Sarah.


No spelling for you!!

Written By: admin - Nov• 20•08

Joey found this one and cleverly asked the young lady to pose for him.


Is it a nickname?

Written By: admin - Nov• 19•08

I get that people sometimes use quotation marks for emphasis, even if doing so is hideously wrong.  But what exactly is going on here?  Is “couscous” a nickname?  For what?


As always, eternal gratitude to Sarah.

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