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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

‘ParenT's’

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apostrophecity, originally uploaded by the.kingfish.

We've hit the mother lode! Inappropriate capitalisation, misplaced apostrophes (of course) and quotation marks used for emphasis.


Note how increasingly wayward the single quotation marks get; by the end of the notice they're almost like brackets.

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18 Comments:
Anonymous Kev Orng said...

And for crying out loud, don't let them grow up to be ( Cowboy's )

15 October 2008 at 17:33  
Blogger Gez said...

Nice!

We've had references to Alan Partridge, Dumb and Dumber, Three Amigos and quite a few different song lyrics, but I think that's the first Willie Nelson reference we've had in a comment. We should start a meme.

15 October 2008 at 18:20  
OpenID pauldwaite said...

I wouldn’t let my kids near anywhere with signs like that.

Er, if I had kids.

15 October 2008 at 21:38  
Blogger Martin Magnusson said...

Wow. Wow, wow, wow.


Wow.

16 October 2008 at 05:46  
Anonymous Clive said...

"Motherload"?

"Mother lode", surely?

--c.

16 October 2008 at 16:54  
Blogger Gez said...

Well done, Clive. You spotted my deliberate mistake and earned yourself 14 GrammarBlog points (the shiny variety).

Further points are available to anyone who chooses to swallow the "deliberate mistake" explanation over the "hasty and careless" alternative.

16 October 2008 at 18:30  
Blogger Michelle Wood said...

Old people do this a LOT..... In my building, there's an old guy who is forever trying to unload stuff in his place, and he posts notices advsing fellow tenants of a

"Big" Furniture Sale!
All items must "GO"!
Entertainment unit $500 "O.B.O"

26 October 2008 at 06:53  
Blogger Dan said...

This is a true shocker, but the newsletter my kids bring back from their primary school is getting close.

The most upsetting (well, you know what I mean...) example was in last week's (inappropriately named) Literacy update which thanked "all the hero's who helped with their childs' reading this week", adding (after a splice comma) "keep it up".

Yeah, thanks. I'll leave it to the expert's (sic).

29 October 2008 at 20:15  
Blogger AliHartnett said...

Another deliberate mistake, perhaps: The sign does not have quotation marks used for emphasis, rather parentheses. Good find!

9 November 2008 at 02:58  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow. To know there are people who produce such vomit inducing specimens makes me very sad.

9 November 2008 at 21:43  
Blogger turtle said...

i like your blog.
funny. informative.

15 November 2008 at 15:47  
Blogger Katie said...

I really hope this sign isn't from a school!

16 November 2008 at 20:37  
Blogger Rachel said...

If only such errors were limited to the elderly, Michelle! Sadly, the same sign could easily have been produced by one of my teenage students.

19 November 2008 at 14:24  
Blogger Gem said...

My eyes! Oh - it hurts so much to see such ignorance.

6 November 2009 at 04:00  
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