I've got a stack of Post-its and a Sharpie,

and I'm on a mission to re-postrophe New York City.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

tax dollars well spent

Maybe so many English teachers suck this much because the city doesn't pay us enough.

Really NYC?  No Apostrophe?  Did you forget to inspect this sign?  Thank you, to the reader who discovered this in the lobby of his own building!

if you're not responsible, then who is?

Sent by a reader, it seems this famous downtown restaurant needed to excuse their misspelling of the word "which."  While the disclaimer only excuses one typographical error, I'm going to have to assume there are more inside the menu.

Was having that disclaimer printed cheaper than hiring a proofreader?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

starbuck's still at it

Re: April 10

While I took this picture in a Starbucks in Los Angeles, it is the very sign I was kicked out of Starbucks for attempting to take months ago.  I guess they still haven't realized that their English teachers sucked.

don't you need a degree to write copy? and to edit it?

I'm not going to blame this one on the printing company.

This was sent in by one of my readers, who is also one of my high school students. To quote him, "I also hope that most people are smarter than whoever wrote this advertisement.  If not, then the English language is in great peril."  Thanks Mike!

I wish I had seen this on the subway myself.  I would have post-it-ed the hell out of it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

if you're gonna screw it up, be consistent about it!

This happens to be my favorite mistake yet, though the bar on Ave A between E2 and E3 in the East Village itself leaves something to be desired.

The most incredible thing about this is that these signs are side by side in the same window.  Were they bought at the same time?  From the same neon company?

mens day fridays?

Without my dear friend, the apostrophe, three words near each other make a sentence not.

I see this error all the time!  Men's and Ladies.  Whatever happened to equal rights?  At this bar on Ave A between E 2 and E 3, ladies are not permitted to have any possessions. Especially not a whole night. 
My accomplice this particular evening was happy to give the ladies their rights back.