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Remarkable coincidence – I actually caught a pic I said I wanted

A while ago, I had one of my little moans about the bad grammar seen in some shop signs.

In that same post I also grumbled about not being able to catch the sign owner’s hulking great SUV in the same pic, as it had a matching personalised registration.

A year and a half later – the pic presented itself!

Lauras Luscious Lips and Hulk

Lauras Luscious Lips and Hulk

Not sure about success in the ‘aesthetics’ business, there’s now a sign on the shutter (when it’s down) stating that the ‘clinic’ is only open for appointments. Interestingly, the blinds are always down, and there’s a piece of cardboard stuck over the glass, blocking any view through the door.

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02/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Vegans, support your local butcher

I’d almost suggest this butcher was a great guy, but…

He spoiled it right at the end.

Vegan Friendly Butcher

Vegan Friendly Butcher

If you don’t know why, then brush up on your spelling/grammar.

Otherwise, I’d say this was a classic.

(I might even fix it if I get a spare moment later, I think it deserves the effort.)

I might even give him a (single) free pass for the bad grammar. He might be helping the Bank of England’s campaign to upset vegans too 🙂

The new £50 note will contain animal fat, because the only viable alternative would be palm oil

05/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

More depressing signage

You could start a web site featuring just abominable use of grammar and related issues in shop signs, and probable never run out of material.

The level of education it betrays is sometimes just depressing, both in the work, and the fact that someone paid for it.

I spotted this completely illogical offering from the bus.

Not even going to try to analyse it, just have a look at the highlighted area, and marvel at the random use (and lack of use) of commas and full stops.

Not to mention capitalisation of you want to be really fussy – see the street parking sign for a better attempt.

The only thing missing is a random apostrophe!

Commas and stops

Commas and stops

05/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Today is Grammar Day

04 March is Grammar Day.

Grammar Day was established to promote awareness and understanding of proper grammar.

Given how dreadful some American version of original English are, it’s a little embarrassing to reveal that National Grammar Day was created in the US, established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic].

For what it’s worth, I don’t have any problems or issues with American English (or British English), as each has its own home and reason for being.

Nor do I promote or condone any sort of language snob, who derides one at the cost of another.

Grammar may not be perfect, but then again, no language is, and the finer details of grammar serve to clarify the meaning of many words and expressions. When ignored, or abused, this is often lost, and things become truly confused.

I also have little time for those the modern trendy types who suggest we simply forget paying attention to grammar – I’ve seen some who seem to suggest we forget everything, and just write things down as they sound to us – as if others will somehow magically interpret this drivel as the writer intended. Good luck with that!

They should of tried that first (and that’s an example of one of the worst sins I see written nowadays).

(It’s a while since I first gave that example. Sadly, nobody ever seems to correct it, or attempt to educate those who make this particular error.)

Worse, I’m the one made to feel stupid when I try to explain to those who use structures such as ‘should of’ when they are trying to write “should’ve” as the contraction of ‘should have’, since they often look at me as if I am an alien, mad, or are insulted if I offer the correction in print, to their error when made online.

Correction Lesson

Correction Lesson

Enjoying Grammar Day

Surprisingly simple and easy, just make that little extra effort to get your sentences grammatically correct.

Brush up on your lessons from primary school and double-check your sentences to ensure that the message you mean to send is in fact the message you’re sending.

I wanted a ‘funny’ to end this with, but the best ones are rude, so I’ll just go with this mild example.

Commas Matter

Commas Matter

This arrived just before I had to use the standard: “Let’s Eat Grandma.”

Lets Eat Kitty

Let’s Eat Kitty

04/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

An attempt was made

It;s funny how you don’t notice some things until (much) later.

I did grab this pic as nothing more than another find for the shutter mural collection, but then found it was more interesting when I came to straighten it up.

Can you spot the fun before reading below?

Ian's Gents Barber

Ian’s Gents Barber

Yes, I’m afraid it’s “Laugh (Ior cry) at the signmaker’s grammar” time once again.

It looks as if this one did at least make an attempt, and knew that apostrophes existed – but didn’t quite know how to use it, or them in this case.

Things started well, with “Ian’s” in the first line.

But then panic must have set in, and signmaker decided that having tried one, two was just too much to risk, and “Gents” lost out.

Possibly it wasn’t just the thought of having an apostrophe that was the problem, but the sheer overload of deciding whether the correct usage was “Gent’s” OR “Gents'” in this case.

What do you think?

Bonus note

I couldn’t decide on this one using my usual rules, there seemed to be something ‘wrong’, so took a look online – and found something interesting.

Gents is taken to be an informal British word which refers to the men’s restroom or public toilets.

Gents not generally accepted as an abbreviation or short form of gentlemen, but only to refer to the male public convenience.

So, I’m afraid it looks as if this sign actually belongs to a “Gentleman’s public toilet hairdresser”.

Some days… it just doesn’t pay to look too closely!

18/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Brushies sold here

Question: Where can you buy a brushie?

Answer: At a Glasgow indoor market.

Question: Why would you want to buy a brushie?

Answer: To brush you Internet meme with!

I’m not sure which order I saw these in (apart from my own market original of course), but I would have had the pic of this collection of sad spelling/grammar examples seen in a Glasgow market anyway.

Don’t know if this is funny, or a shame, since it reflects both on out system of education, and the level of education attained by some ordinary people.

Glasgow Market Grammar/Spelling

Glasgow Market Grammar/Spelling

Apparently, the original ‘Brushie’ pic was NOT of a cat, but of a bat, back in 2008, and didn’t get the ‘Brushie’ added until 2010.

Brushie Bat

Brushie Bat

I’m going to be honest here – I’d rather have cats with brushies.

Brushie Cat

Brushie Cat

 

Brushie Cat

Brushie Cat

 

Brushie Cat

Brushie Cat

18/07/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Embarrassing signs are gone (but only sometimes)

HH Tyres

H&H Tyres

It’s a while since I wandered down to Dalmarnock, but this time was able to confirm the removal of some really embarrassingly shoddy signs, as noted in…

Who’s to blame? The signwriter or the customer?

They really are all gone.

H&H Tyres Signs Gone

H&H Tyres Signs Gone

That said, there’s a horrible giant sign on a nearby street, didn’t bother looking at it though.

They also plaster the area with disgusting stick-on signs, mostly on lampposts, making the area look really tatty, as does most illegal fly-posting.

But Glasgow District Council doesn’t seem to think it’s worth chasing and fining such defacers.

Perhaps the fines should be raised to match motoring related fines, so that it would be worth hauling those who place this rubbish on our city, and bring down its appearance with their tat.

Update

Following a suggestion made after the original post about these terrible signs, I’ve been trying to get down this way earlier in the day. The suggestion being that they’re taken in at night, so only seen during the working day.

Sure enough, the ‘informer’ was RIGHT!

An early wander through the area just found a few of hem stuck in the ground during the day (this took until July to spot).

H&H Signs Out

H&H Signs Out

15/07/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Who’s to blame? The signwriter or the customer?

It used to be fairly simple to find signs with mistakes – just look for the apostrophe (or lack of apostrophe) and you’d soon catch something.

However, now that neither signwriter nor customer seems to be educated, it’s so easy to do this it’s as much fun as shooting fish in a barrel (see Mythbusters for that lesson).

Probably the only problem is having to actually READ the signs to find the mistakes – at least apostrophes are easy to spot (or not).

Then here’s the added bonus of tattooists and their victims nowadays, doomed to live with their joint mistakes (with ‘NO RAGRETS‘), or having to endure laser tattoo removal to get rid of their gems. Not forgetting the option of a huge inky ‘cover up tattoo’ to hide it instead.

I couldn’t pass this one up, seen on a long walk far from home.

I’ll let you guess what ‘BRINING SAFETY TO THE ROAD’ means, but there were plenty of signs making the same offer.

The good news is that you don’t have to go to China (punch in that prominent URL – relax, at the moment at least, it’s just a 404 error).

HH Tyres BRINING SAFETY TO THE ROAD

H&H BRINING SAFETY TO THE ROAD

Loads of them, double-sided, all the same.

HH Tyres

H&H

It would bring tears to a quality manager or proofreader’s eyes.

Update

I just passed this spot a few days ago – ALL the signs are GONE!

Including others of a different design erected further along the road.

Nope, nothing to do with me – the pics were taken a while ago, and this post wasn’t published until AFTER the signs had all gone.

I’m no expert in this particular scenario, but they look vaguely illegal, stuck in the ground on land not belonging to the business, and probably without asking the owners consent, or even paying for the land use.

Another update

Following the suggestion below, in the Comments, we’ve been trying to watch this spot, and found that the signs were not actually gone – just taken in at night.

Embarrassing signs are gone (but only sometimes)

 

01/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , , | 2 Comments

Signmaker’s grammar and spelling is as good as tattooist’s

I don’t seem to know anybody with a tattoo (good or bad), but thanks to the Internet it would seem that tattooist’s spelling and grammar abilities aren’t anything to boast about, and are on a par with many signwriters.

I find it hard to believe that so many people entrust their cash or their skin to either, without proofreading and multiple checks beforehand.

I didn’t realise I had this little gem on hand, until I happened to be doing a little bit of archiving and was reviewing images I’d never edited.

I grabbed this purely for novelty value one day, just as a local sign, and didn’t even read it.

Now, I see not only the usual grammar failure by the signwriter (clue: apostrophe – at least one missing), but that they couldn’t spell ‘functions‘ either.

I hope the girls didn’t have to pay for this, or got a discount for having three mistakes on their sign.

Glasgow Girls FC Millers Sign

Glasgow Girls FC Millers Sign

Interestingly, Miller’s Bar’s own sign is fine, but I should probably add that it has been replaced since my pic below was taken.

While the word ‘Bar’ has been dropped, the new sign is fine too.

Miller's Bar

Miller’s Bar

 

05/04/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

For Grammar Day – Shettleston’s classic howler: Lauras Luscious Lips

We’ve covered today’s arrival as Grammar Day elsewhere, but it seems a recent pic collected on the streets is appropriate as today’s local post.

Lauras Luscious Lips

Lauras Luscious Lips

I had thought it was a ‘Beauty Salon’ – but I was wrong.

I stand corrected as it is an Aesthetics Clinic.

(Silly me).

I suppose I’m wasting my time by spotting the missing apostrophe in that title, which should really be Aesthetics’ Clinic.

Should you be thinking I missed the obvious missing apostrophe while trying to be too clever with the less obvious example, sorry, no.

The top line is missing an apostrophe too – it should be Laura’s luscious Lips.

This is, of course, not the only one in the street, but it is the latest, and a sad reflection of education in 2018.

I caught up with this shop a few nights after tripping over…

Laura’s car bus, but too far from the new shop to catch in the same pic.

Mercedes Hulk [LA11 WRA]

Mercedes Hulk [LA11 WRA]

04/03/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Today is Grammar Day

04 March is Grammar Day.

Grammar Day was established to promote awareness and understanding of proper grammar.

Given how dreadful some American version of original English are, it’s a little embarrassing to reveal that National Grammar Day was created in the US, established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic].

For what it’s worth, I don’t have any problems or issues with American English (or British English), as each has its own home and reason for being.

Nor do I promote or condone any sort of language snob, who derides one at the cost of another.

Grammar may not be perfect, but then again, no language is, and the finer details of grammar serve to clarify the meaning of many words and expressions. When ignored, or abused, this is often lost, and things become truly confused.

I also have little time for those the modern trendy types who suggest we simply forget paying attention to grammar – I’ve seen some who seem to suggest we forget everything, and just write things down as they sound to us – as if others will somehow magically interpret this drivel as the writer intended. Good luck with that!

They should of tried that first (and that’s an example of one of the worst sins I see written nowadays).

Worse, I’m the one made to feel stupid when I try to explain to those who use structures such as ‘should of’ when they are trying to write “should’ve” as the contraction of ‘should have’, since they often look at me as if I am an alien, mad, or are insulted if I offer the correction in print, to their error when made online.

Correction Lesson

Correction Lesson

Enjoying Grammar Day

Surprisingly simple and easy, just make that little extra effort to get your sentences grammatically correct.

Brush up on your lessons from primary school and double-check your sentences to ensure that the message you mean to send is in fact the message you’re sending.

I wanted a ‘funny’ to end this with, but the best ones are rude, so I’ll just go with this mild example.

Commas Matter

Commas Matter

This arrived just before I had to use the standard: “Let’s Eat Grandma.”

Lets Eat Kitty

Let’s Eat Kitty

04/03/2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , | Leave a comment

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