Reporter #1 did the circling here, and she’s absolutely right. I don’t care if you can find the word “crockpotting” in your dictionary or not, it still is obviously going to need two of the letter t. It’s not even completely out of left field! One pots a plant, and that’s plant potting.
So there’s that. But Reporter #1 says the bad spelling “litters the site.” She’s highlighted some more for us.
I don’t know if Reporter #1 missed it or was just too tired to continue weilding her, ahem, blue pen, but there’s a little abused apostrophe in “photo’s” up there too!
Colleen submits this on behalf of Diane.
Diane spotted this gem in The Reporter, the newspaper for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
I’ve been to the Netherlands. Even if you’re going to go with “Holland” instead, they deserve better than a misspelling and a missed comma!
Katie says she noticed this sign, then went back and bought a cup of coffee just to get a picture of it. That’s dedication, peeps.
Katie was especially confused by the “understand our willing.” Because yeah.
I hope that coffee was good, Katie!
My father found this and sent it to me gleefully. (Most of his RPB emails are gleeful, you can just tell.) He was clearly excited about the technological wonder available at this Motel 6.
Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it? In-door windows, in-door speakers, and now in-door pools!
Go go RPB-ZOOM!
I dunno, Dad. It kind of seems like you should have stopped at this place and taken a picture of the in-door pools. It might have been kind of interesting.
I love Passive-Aggressive Notes most of the time. But as I read this note I realized they were way off. (Click photo for original website.)
This isn’t pedantry; it’s therapy. I think those of us wearing our RPB badges can totally empathize with Lowly Undergrad, who must have suffered for years before writing this.
I’m sure we’ve all seen that fun Facebook post about eating Grandma because of a misplaced comma. And of course we’re all familiar with Eats, Shoots and Leaves. But there’s more to consider in copy-editing than just punctuation.
The official White House Twitter feed would like to provide us with an example.
Eagle-eyed submitter Chris S. points out that David Axelrod probably doesn’t actually support epilepsy. 140 characters or not, this was dumb. Good catch, Chris!
We don’t want to believe the worst of our fellows. When we see an error, we want to believe it was an accident, a typo, a momentary oversight. That’s the impulse that drove Colleen to check, but she says every single decal on this truck was the same.
SADFACE, our faith in humanity is once again shattered!
So I get this email from Kacia, with the subject line “Cute ad, but…” The email includes nothing else but this picture.
So I’m killing my eyeballs trying to read the mini-print, and then I’m thinking, Is she pointing out the hideous capitalization? Because it’s not to my taste, but it’s pretty clearly an editorial decision, and I’ve always said I don’t take issue with consistent, clear editorial decisions like that.
So I have decided to unfortunately pass on this submission, and I click the little “next” button, and there’s another email from Kacia! And the subject line of this email is “…one flaw.” And this photo allows us to ZOOMHANCE!
We could be contrary and wonder whether this illustrious shopping place, which does seem to have quite a wide variety of offerings, might not actually have a store selling sand, tumbleweeds, camels, and whatnot. But Kacia assures me that there is no such establishment, and I will take her word for it.
Kacia sent this in January, I would like to note. You could make the argument that January would have been a more appropriate time to post this, but given that we’d both missed Christmas entirely I thought I’d wait around for the next Big Event.
Also, Kacia worried in her email
Can’t remember whether I sent you this last winter. The sign is posted outside our local bakery.
To which I say: one can never, never have too much elve’s.
So, uh, happy Valetine’s Day! And Kacia: go ahead and send it again next year!
Tell me you don’t have Ace of Base stuck in your head now. No? Just me? *old*
GrammarTroika Sister #1 Colleen says she sees a perfect logic in this neologism. I get the logic, but it still makes my teeth hurt. As does the random spacing and capitalization.