Is a puzzlement

Written By: admin - Dec• 16•09

This one is a bit more of a semantic argument than a glaring typo.  It’s still wrong.

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Are they items specially-priced, as in, discounted?  Are these items special in some way that differentiates them from other priced items in the store?  Is this the only rack of items with prices in the store?

Or did we just not think this through?

Sort of new, sort of annoying

Written By: admin - Dec• 04•09

Here is a sign for your perusal.  Discussion questions to follow.

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1) Do I correctly surmise that “ATW” means “all the way”?

2)  ARE THEY TRYING TO MAKE ME POKE MY EYES OUT?

This is worse than “with au jus” or “with à la mode,” because at least in those cases I can hope that the sign authors don’t speak French and just don’t know any better.  But “with all the way”?  Seriously?

Also:  I’m on vacation next week.  Your assignment is to find LOTS of cool new errors for me to post upon my return!

I’m sorry, but: NO.

Written By: admin - Nov• 16•09

You grammar-philes may be disappointed by today’s post, but you know what? It’s my blog.  And I get to post things that bug me.  And this really bugs me.  I finally found myself in a situation with both this candy bar and a camera, so here you go.  Incidentally, you can’t really see it in this picture, but this is a European import made by good ol’ Nestlé.  It comes in several flavors, all of which are apparently inappropriate for girls.

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This ice is *way* existential.

Written By: admin - Oct• 27•09

I’d like to think that Reporter #1 heard Cher discussing Ren and Stimpy in her head when she came up with this post’s title.

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Now I will admit to having missed what was wrong with this one immediately too.  Given the title of the message I received, I was looking for quotation marks around “ice.”  Once I took a closer look, however, I realized that this labeling is so Monet — from far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.

Thanks, #1!

SUSAN WEEK #5: The perfect ending

Written By: admin - Oct• 16•09

This one is just wonderful.

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Thanks for a beautiful week, Susan!

SUSAN WEEK #4: Questionable math

Written By: admin - Oct• 15•09

First of all, I’d like to point out that I could have cropped this picture.  I chose not to because I find it so amusing that Susan pulled over and photographed this one from her car!

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Susan asks, “Hmmm… what is .99 of a tan?  One of my pet peeves is what that is!”  Apparently Susan really wants you to include a zero before a decimal point.  I’m not well-versed enough in math errors to comment on that, but I will say that this one calls to mind the beauty that is VerizonMath.  And anything that does that is a good thing.

Time warp

Written By: admin - Sep• 22•09

You know my error-photographing habit is bad when my husband grabs my arm and whispers urgently, “Quick, take a picture of that door!”

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I will admit that it actually took me a second to see what was wrong with it…

Wait, what?

Written By: admin - Sep• 15•09

Okay, so I got this from Reporter #1, who we all know is awesome.  She helpfully titled it “The kind of Beef you find in The ocean,” which is funny because of the capitalization errors, see?  But I… kind of didn’t get the rest of it.

Turns out, after several e-mail exchanges, that this is because I’m not from Buffalo.  And it also turns out that “weck” is a thing, specifically a bread-type thing, and that (as Reporter #1 so aptly notes), “Beef on weck at a fish fry?  I mean, it’s not Lent, but … is it a fish fry or is it beef on weck?  To say nothing of the funky capitalization.”

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So! We learn two things today.  One: people in Buffalo are weird.  (No offense, readers in Buffalo — in case I have any readers in Buffalo other than Reporter #1!!)  Two:  a “weck” is a roll of Bavarian origin that is popular in Buffalo.

IRONICAL

Written By: admin - Aug• 26•09

My best friend — grammar snob, founding member of RPB, one of the most intelligent people I know — sent me the following message:

Does this count 4 rpb? The sharp is on the wrong line 4 the key sig and the stems are all pointing up. Drives me crazy every time i see it!

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Yes, Q, I think this counts 4 RPB.  It’s actually our first musical submission!  So thx and ttyl! 😛

CRIPES!

Written By: admin - Jul• 29•09

OMG how many of you think this belongs on Red Pen Brigade?  Apparently everybody.  Fine.  Here you go.  😛

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I’m pretty sure this map manages to insult the good people of Lebanon, Egypt, AND Iraq in one beautiful swoop.

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