Spell-Right (Part 2)
When someone uses “to” for “too” do you call it a spelling error or a misuse of a homophone? I think the latter interpretation is softer than the former. I ascribe to the former. That said, I draw your attention once more to my collection of misspelled signs for some very creative interpretations of the English language. Several of them have more than one error; four of them have the same error and can be corrected by referring to a former post, “The Apostrophe War.” See if you can spot them.
This second is actually a business card from several years ago. I’m not even sure if they are still serving up their seafood creations. The writer, correctly using “it’s” at the top of the card, used it again – incorrectly – in the body. This one earned me a free dinner! When I wrote a polite letter to the owner, enclosing the card, he gratefully acknowledged the error, pledged to have it fixed, and enclosed a voucher for a complimentary dinner!
In its defense, the Laundromat sign was found in an Acadian community of Canada, where I’ve heard “authorized” pronounced with no h, but still. Regional differences aside, words aren’t spelled differently on paper just because of a spoken accent, unless we intentionally want to indicate a different pronunciation, and then it’s understood that we are doing so by the context. “Ah’m hungry!” said Billy Bob.
The last two (to? too?) signs have the same error, easy to spot. In one, it appears once, in the other twice. The Car Wash sign (it is two words, isn’t it?) is missing an apostrophe as well. Also, if you peek at the upper right corner of that sign, you see a “cute” spelling of clean. Now we all know that’s intentional…..or is it?
So keep your eyes open and your mind sharp. How many signs do you pass that could use a Spell checker? How many apostrophes are either missing or wrongly included? It’s a game I play that I’m rooting to lose, but I can’t ignore it when it occurs. Like I said, my visual acuity is a blessing .. and a curse.