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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1295 times:
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No that is not a typo. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen professional spelled this way on signs, adverts, vehicles... the latest was this morning, in letters a foot high: "Your Walling Proffesionals".

How professional can a company be if they can't even spell the word? Even worse, how professional is the sign company that takes a customer's money and delivers this?

Just my little Saturday morning rant  Smile


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User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

If I had a nickle for every stupid mistake I've seen on signs, I'd be a millionaire. It almost scares me, the level of (or lack there of) spelling that the "halls of higher learning" are turning out these days... People are always getting "there, they're and their" screwed up, as well as "your, you're, our, are, to, too and two, sew, so", etc. The worst offender, in my opinion, and I actually called them on it, and forced them to honour the advertised price was Mike Mart in Thunder Bay, who advertised on a huge banner:
"1L Eggnog, .99 cents"
For those of you who may have missed it, the price was .99 cents, as in less than a penny. What they MEANT to say was $.99

Along the same lines, I have seen some funny signs as well... "The boss told me to change the sign, so I did", "Answer when your onion rings", and too many more to list.



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

Common misspelling in Swedish too.

User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6029 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

How about the record amount of apostrophe abuse lately?

- Using the apostrophe to pluralize something that is not an acronym, or out of context, i.e.; normal nouns, like cat, car, etc. Now, depending on whose standard you subscribe to, using the previously mentioned ways is okay. So, you could say ATM's, or ATMs (without apostrophe). When used out of context, you are using one word to describe something else, so, let's say that you sell keychains of various shapes. If someone were to type to you, "Can I have one of the bat's?" it would be okay, as you are not referring to a bat (animal, or baseball,) but instead to a keychain shaped like a bat.

- Using the apostrophe incorrectly in the possessive form of the pronoun 'it', i.e.; it's. This one is at least understandable with the logic, as normal nouns use 's (Tom's, Cat's) to indicate the possessive, but people forget that 'it' is a pronoun, and an apostrophe would often be incorrectly applied; otherwise, you would also have "hi's", "her's", etc. I, too, am guilty of this if I'm in a rush, but I often don't catch it in time to correct it.


Also, while I'm at it, there's the mix-up between the words "lose" and "loose." Sure, they only differ by an extra 'o', but the meanings change drastically.

- Lose: To not win, to not have something in your possession.
- Loose: The opposite of tight.



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1255 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 3):
apostrophe abuse

That happens way too often, and I have to admit I am guilty of that all the time.


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2825 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1247 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 3):
Also, while I'm at it, there's the mix-up between the words "lose" and "loose." Sure, they only differ by an extra 'o', but the meanings change drastically.

- Lose: To not win, to not have something in your possession.
- Loose: The opposite of tight.

For a long time now, we've been using this English word in the French language. All French write, for example: "C'est un looser" (He's a loser)  banghead 



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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6029 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 1221 times:



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 5):
For a long time now, we've been using this English word in the French language. All French write, for example: "C'est un looser" (He's a loser)

Since the Latin languages pronounce things different than the Germanic languages, that spelling is at least tolerable, as it retains the original pronounciation as the (American) English word.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 1212 times:
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Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 3):

I thought that was something that was unique to this country. It is not uncommon to see a combination of correct and incorrect plurals in the same sentence or on the same sign.

That irritates me as much if not more than the professional misspelling.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7703 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1146 times:
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I live near Stansted airport, and a roadsign between home and the airport directs you to 'Stanstead' airport. GGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRR!


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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1131 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 6):
that spelling is at least tolerable

Bad spelling is never tolerable, especially with the resources available online.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 6):
as it retains the original pronounciation as the (American) English word.

Loser, the 's' is a 'z' sound. Looser, the 's' is an 's' sound.



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User currently offlineJohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1111 times:



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 1):
If I had a nickle for every stupid mistake I've seen on signs, I'd be a millionaire

Usually written "nickel"... Smile
My personal gripe is "lead" and "led". They are pronounced the same when "lead" is a metal but not when it's the present form of "led".


User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6029 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1108 times:



Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 9):
Loser, the 's' is a 'z' sound. Looser, the 's' is an 's' sound.

That depends on the locality. For where I'm from, it's sounds like "Loo - sir."

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 9):
Bad spelling is never tolerable, especially with the resources available online.

Compared to the mass tragedy to grammar and spelling that the internet, chat rooms, and text messaging has ignited, an extra letter added to a word by someone where English isn't even their first language is completely tolerable to me.

Besides, how many Americans do you know that can spell, let alone pronounce properly, the title of Victor Hugo's famous novel Les Misérables.

Or, how about Spanish? If an English-only American heard someone pronounce the title of Don Quixote, what percentage would spell it properly?



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1101 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 11):
Besides, how many Americans do you know that can spell, let alone pronounce properly, the title of Victor Hugo's famous novel Les Misérables.

Or, how about Spanish? If an English-only American heard someone pronounce the title of Don Quixote, what percentage would spell it properly?

Maybe a few might not, but with the resources available to everyone, being a bad speller is a poor excuse. English or not. If you can text, IM, skype or facebook (what have you), you can google (or any other venue) to get the right spelling to make you look credible. Even here there is a check spelling feature.

Maybe I set the bar too high.  Smile

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 11):
That depends on the locality. For where I'm from, it's sounds like "Loo - sir."

That may be, but accents aside, loser with a 'z' sound is probably the more common (widespread useage) pronunciation.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7703 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1093 times:
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Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 12):
That may be, but accents aside, loser with a 'z' sound is probably the more common (widespread useage) pronunciation.

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It is the standard pronunciation. Look in a dictionary at the phonetic spelling and that's what it'll say.



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User currently offlineJohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

Ordnance/ordinance. He broke a local ordinance by having military ordnance in his basement.

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