RDP: Stickler


I am a stickler for correct spelling

I am one of those people who are driven crazy by bad spelling. It seems to be becoming more frequent in newspapers and even captions on television. I expect better from people who write for a living.

image plaque
This plaque is in the main street.

In Geeveston’s main street you can see this wooden plaque with a poem about the town. Whenever I stopped to read it my eyes would always be dragged to the second to last word. I like the poem, I love the craftsmanship of the person who carved it but I hate the spelling error.

Then there was the time that Adelaide’s State Transport Authority produced new stickers about the carriage of bicycles on the trains. They were designed, printed and finally distributed to the cleaners who were to do the job. supposed to paste them onto the railcars. It was only then that an error was noticed. The word “Maximum” was misspelled as “Maximimum”. Hundreds of stickers had to be replaced. It does not say much for the designers and administrative people at head office that the first person to notice the mistake was a cleaner. How many people had been involved in the production before they got to us?

Illiterate TK Maxx
photo by Flickr user Alex Liivet

Would you trust this business to print your labels?

One of the things that spell checkers won’t pick up is when similar looking words are confused.

Stationary and Stationery for example. The steam engine was stationary when I took this photo. The writing paper is stationery.

I guess the reason that this sort of thing annoys me so much is that for many of us there is no excuse for it. We have dictionaries, both hard copy and online. We have apps like Grammarly to help us. Take the time and proofread your work, then read it again. Then give it to someone else and ask them to read it. Well, seriously that’s probably over the top for writing a blog post for fun. However, if it is your job to communicate through writing please do it properly.

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

4 comments

  1. I know! I grew up in a wordy family and this kind of thing frustrates me too . The bins at my kids’ school have a warning molded into the plastic that says “Not for hot ahses”. It both amuses and astounds me. Like you say, how does it get through so many levels of designing and checking and never be fixed? And presumably thousands of these lids were made. The bog mindles.

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  2. Ouch! The photo of the Flickr user with the text on the wall… I noticed the error immediately. It should be “it’s” not “its”.

    I think that’s one of the most common errors I’ve seen online. I did the same mistake back then.

    In your own example, I find it ironic too that the cleaner found the spelling error on the sticker first.

    I do agree. People who write for a living should do better.

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  3. Maybe you could look at the word in a different way. Absobing is really supposed to be Absobbing, which suits for eyes, right? 😉 It’s and itserrors are the ones that really grate on me.
    Thanks for contributing to this morning’s prompt. 🙂

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  4. There’s a big sign at the drive through car wash that does that to me every time. I can’t remember the word that’s spelled incorrectly off-hand, but I see it every time we go!

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