Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spelling Spotting

While waiting at a tram stop I noticed both these examples of the sign-writers' art:
Is this a noisy restaurant?
Do these people know their business?

Mistakes like these always fascinate me. How do they come about? Is it the fault of the business, or the sign-writer, or a combination of the two? Does the business decide what the spelling should be, and not accept input from the sign-writer? Does the sign-writer get it wrong, but the business owner fail to notice or care? Do sign-writers look up words they are unsure of? I don't know, but I find photographing the mistakes irresistible.

Hope you had a good International Women's Day. Mine got off to a depressing start when I attended a university computing lecture in which only about 2% of the students were female.

1 comment:

  1. i'm always amazed by these also, one i particularly like is the green grocer who sells "advocado".