To expect a cafe to be able to spell cafe au lait?

(176 Posts)
Orangeanddemons Sun 15-Sep-13 15:32:24

On a picture on wall in said cafe. Spelt caff iau latt. Seriously.

What is wrong with these people?

Lweji Sun 15-Sep-13 15:36:00

A joke?

yegodsandlittlefishes Sun 15-Sep-13 15:37:03

At least it wasn't café ole. Actually no. That worse.

Orangeanddemons Sun 15-Sep-13 15:43:57

No, it wasn't a joke. It was a picture on a wall, that had coffee related phrases on it. So we had coffee, espresso, and the caff iau latt. I was hard pressed not to say anything

Did the sign say "espresso" because that is weird if they put "caff iau latt" and not "expresso".

sashh Sun 15-Sep-13 15:57:51

I wonder how many people have been in to tell them? And how many of them bought something?

MikeOxard Sun 15-Sep-13 16:16:16

Oh lay would've been better!

Orangeanddemons Sun 15-Sep-13 16:16:47

I did check that it wasn't espresso, but it definitely wasn't! Don't think they would care if anyone told tem. It didn't seem that sort of place iykwim

mrspremise Sun 15-Sep-13 17:08:18

Im afraid I would have had to leave..! pulls up pedant pants

Orangeanddemons Sun 15-Sep-13 17:56:09

I posted about the same place lastly ear, when our cakes arrived 20 minutes before the drinks. Its just a weird little place, i doubt they know how to spell sophisticated French words correctly grin

They only had squirts cream for the scones too angry

Orangeanddemons Sun 15-Sep-13 17:56:26


ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 15-Sep-13 18:11:20

I got corrected in a cafe the other week.

I asked for an espresso.

The woman replied "one EXpresso."

emphasis on the EX. Really pointedly and deliberately.

I just said yes, thank you.

It nearly killed me. grin But I didn't want to embarrass her by making a point of it.

Orangeanddemons Sun 15-Sep-13 18:15:29

I was once offered Napoleon ice cream instead of Neapolitan...

I've seen places boasting 'baggetts' with cheese and pickle..

Buzzardbird Sun 15-Sep-13 19:37:00

The 'latte' thing winds me up. It's Italian and is pronounced as it is spelled, not 'lartte'' there is no 'r'. I get corrected constantly by smug non-Italian staff.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 15-Sep-13 19:37:17

and then there are the panini's offered at the cafe near where my sister lives.

I always want to ask panini's what?

But of course, I can't, because it'll make them feel stupid and make me look like a wanker.

VelvetStrider Sun 15-Sep-13 19:42:21

I heard a man asking for a 'cup of chino' once! grin

Flossyfloof Sun 15-Sep-13 19:42:41

I am a linguist and sometimes go out with an ex-colleague, also a linguist. I hate it when she points things like this out - "I don't think you are really offering chocolate mouse, are you?" was the latest. I was so embarrassed, I felt it belittled the waitress and didn't make her look good. OTOH I can't really understand why you wouldn't make an effort to get spellings and punctuation correct, it isn't that hard to check.

WaitingForMe Sun 15-Sep-13 19:47:56

A pub in town had "scorn" on the outside chalkboard menu last week. It was part of a list of vegetables you could have with a roast lunch.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 15-Sep-13 19:54:41

oh, in the village where I live - Happy Hour 4-6

My husband had to physically restrain me from going home to get a piece of chalk and adding an 's' grin

Retroformica Sun 15-Sep-13 20:00:26

I love misspelling. Always adds a bit if laughter to my day.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sun 15-Sep-13 20:00:37

I had to stop and take a picture whilst on holiday a few weeks ago. There was a sign next to a cattle grid. It read "loose cattle drive carefully". Someone had taken a permanent marker and inserted the appropriate comma! It gave me a warm glow to see it!grin

Not food related, but in our local Matalan there was a hand written sign with Matalan spelt wrong!
I pointed it out and apparently the sign had been up a week and no one noticed!

Kidsarekarma Sun 15-Sep-13 20:04:14

WaitingForMe - what was the 'scorn'? confused

LongTailedTit Sun 15-Sep-13 22:20:10

Sweetcorn? S'corn?

I asked for a ham and cheese panino once to have them 'correct' me and say "panini". I didn't say, "that would be two or more, you fuckers". I gritted my teeth and smiled instead.

TSSDNCOP Sun 15-Sep-13 23:37:58

At work last week we were asked for the numbers of dresses we had sold from our "Bridle" range.

When I sniggered, I was told by a colleague that not everyone was as clever as me.

I nearly chewed my lips off when the discussion later was whether the Artic (spelled as spoken) was at the top or bottom.

FastWindow Sun 15-Sep-13 23:59:22

A pub near me used to have a sign in the car park stating that they did not 'except any responsibility for damage caused' etc.
After years of holding my tongue I could be silent no longer and told the barman that the sign meant they would in fact be happy to take responsibility. I was wasting my breath though, just got a blank look.

And what about the sign at a soft play limiting the age of the child on the 'baouncy castle'? I mean, someone made this sign in vinyl - how many people did that slip past!

WaitingForMe Mon 16-Sep-13 06:33:14

I assumed Scorn was Sweetcorn (there was no apostrophe).

TheTruffleHunter Mon 16-Sep-13 06:43:33

My favourite is the sign you see on tube escalators: Dogs must be carried.

Dammit, I didn't bring one! <smile>

Normy5 Mon 16-Sep-13 08:04:41

First world problem

elQuintoConyo Mon 16-Sep-13 08:13:47

Where I live I have seen croissant spelt:

And my favourite:

I couldn't give a duck's fart and like adding to my mental list. Last week it was 'jacked on potatoes' (jacket). It's what you get for not hiring a proofreader ie me and I am not going to tell them for free.

To be fair, 'cruasan' is phonetically spelt in Spain. They also call spaghetti 'espagetis' in the plural. It's quirky!

olidusUrsus Mon 16-Sep-13 08:55:22

jacked on potatoes

<<childish snigger>>

nightcircus Mon 16-Sep-13 09:09:39

Persific for specific on a nursery obs

wordfactory Mon 16-Sep-13 09:10:52

The travel agency with a deal to Ittly is still a legend in Casa Wordfactory.

PlotTwist Mon 16-Sep-13 09:17:19

Poster at a local job-place: "Join our walking group! Get fit! See the sites!" Although given all the redevelopment in our city perhaps it's a walk around all the building sites?

Also AIBU to expect bar staff to know the difference between beer and lager? I bought a meal in Wetherspoons the other week that came with a free drink, I asked what beers they had, she said "Stella, Carlsburg, and Carling." None of those are beer.

Jessicarthorse Mon 16-Sep-13 09:17:19

A restaurant near us once advertised a poetry evening with the local 'poet loriat'.

<gnaws own face off>

ems1910 Mon 16-Sep-13 09:40:35

At work in a care plan someone had written about a resident having new earranades.

Ho hum.

groovejet Mon 16-Sep-13 11:15:17

I work in a coffee shop and the person who writes the boards in the week never double checks her spellings, so I have to go in early on a Saturday to make sure it is all correct.

The worst spelling issue was a sign made by the owner looking for someone to work on a "had-oc basis" it took me 15 minutes before he believed me that was not the correct term.

OTheHugeManatee Mon 16-Sep-13 13:26:10

I spotted a grocers' apostrophe on a bus-side advert for cargiant the other day. It's the beginning of the end, I tells ye <doom>

Beastofburden Mon 16-Sep-13 13:30:24

The thing is, expresso is the correct French term and espresso is the correct Italian term. Both mean "pressurised" not "expressed/extruded"

pulls up pedant pants and runs away

Chelvis Mon 16-Sep-13 14:10:58

A restaurant near me has a large banner sign outside - "2 Cource's £X, 3 Cource's £X". Surely someone could have proofread it before it was printed in foot high letters??!

RegTheMonkey Mon 16-Sep-13 14:32:56

I remember a market stall selling wrapping paper, cards etc., and "Christma's Cards".
Oh, and bruschetta? It's pronounced bruSKETTA, not bruschetta! Drives me mad, but it looks like taking over. And if you ask for brusketta you get a politely repeated 'brushetta' by the waiter.

RegTheMonkey Mon 16-Sep-13 14:34:03

Sorry, hit the post button too soon. What I meant to say was that it is pronounced brusketta, not brushetta.

Panzee Mon 16-Sep-13 14:36:20

I am so disappointed it wasn't café olé.

WindyOut Mon 16-Sep-13 14:40:01

There was a lady who sent emails out from the staff canteen where I worked once, who spelled broccoli differently every day. (I just had to check its spelling there, but if it was my job to email 2000 people a day telling them there was broccoli for lunch, I'd have checked it sooner...)

Also, London pub selling 'larger'. Loved that one.

MrsHoratioNelson Mon 16-Sep-13 14:59:24

There a bit by a stand up comedian (I can't remember who now) who wonders if sign writers offer two services - a buget service with no spellchecking and a more expensive service which includes proof reading - and people opt for the cheaper service, reckoning that they don't need the proof reading.

RabbitsarenotHares Mon 16-Sep-13 14:59:38

I remember turning up to my god-daughter's birthday party a few years ago and refusing to talk to anyone for 5 mins whilst I got an email sent off. It was too the local authority regarding an advertisement they had up in the busses. The advert was regarding their education services and had some interesting uses of the apostrophe!

Luckily my gd's mother is a teacher, and was quite understanding of my apparent rudeness and need to get this out of my system!

Lovecat Mon 16-Sep-13 15:12:38

My mum worked for a signwriters and it was shocking some of the things they were asked to immortalise in permanent engraving.

What tended to happen was that the customers insisted on their spelling, had the sign a month, had loads of people point it out to them, got cross and stormed back demanding a refund.

They then instituted a policy of the customer writing down what they wanted and after some discussion involving a dictionary, signing to say that they were happy that that was EXACTLY what they wanted and EXACTLY how they wanted it spelled on their sign. It was surprising how many of them still insisted on their spellings, but at least they then had to accept that was how they wanted their sign.

The company hated having to make misspelled signs because it made people think that they couldn't spell...

Penguin2 Mon 16-Sep-13 15:26:53

At work in a care plan someone had written about a resident having new earranades.

I read that silently and was utterly bemused. Then I read it out loud and guffawed. grin


When I was at primary school in the 1970s there was a sign saying (with no punctuation) Children At Play Please Drive Carefully. Even though we were only primary school children, we used to take the mickey out of it.

camelindasand Mon 16-Sep-13 15:30:16


Penguin2 Mon 16-Sep-13 15:31:44

Hearing aids grin

Hope I am right about that!

Lweji Mon 16-Sep-13 15:43:30

A pub in town had "scorn" on the outside chalkboard menu last week. It was part of a list of vegetables you could have with a roast lunch

I suspect they cheeky staff actually meant scorn. grin

starfishmummy Mon 16-Sep-13 16:39:22

I used the self checkout at today and was surprised onset I had bought a "bluebery pack".

starfishmummy Mon 16-Sep-13 16:40:03

Oh bugger!!! Where did onset come from.

To see

poppysaid Mon 16-Sep-13 16:43:13

A small local village shop near me does a very ood Capperchino, couldn't care how they spell it if its hot and frothy - lots of places could pay more attention to the latter!

If I ever open a cafe, I will call it 'Cafe Ole' (with appropriate accents, can't find them on ipad) in honour of Mumsnet.

LucySnoweShouldRelax Mon 16-Sep-13 16:52:51

I nearly printed out forty menus at my pub, featuring a salad with green beens. I have an English degree. Even though I noticed in time, I've barely lived it down in my own mind.

As for pronouncing stuff like espresso and bruschetta correctly - when I lived in France, everyone played merry pronouncing hell with the English words they used, so I reckon fair's fair when the tables are turned.

But what do I know. I can't spell beans.

GoofyIsACow Mon 16-Sep-13 16:53:09

Our local pie shop sells Chicken and Leak pies! shock

nickelbabe Mon 16-Sep-13 16:57:17

i worked in a bookshop with a costa attached.
one of the baristas was of Italian descent, and she said the Pannini thing really wound her up, that it's one pannino, two pannini, and when people asked for two panninis, she had to bite her tongue every time.

(sorry, don't know how many ns, but it's the ending I'm talking about)

Sidge Mon 16-Sep-13 16:57:43

We had dinner in a lovely little pub restaurant recently where at the top of the typed-up menu "Gordon and Saliva welcomed us and hope we enjoyed the delicious local cuisine".

I'm hoping it was an autocorrect error for Sylvia and wondered why no-one had pointed it out to the staff!

MrsHoratioNelson Mon 16-Sep-13 17:00:35

Lucy it's a fine line between correct pronunciation and looking like a bit of a dick, isn't it grin

Visualise press and hold the letter and the accent options will be magically revealed!

Lweji Mon 16-Sep-13 17:01:38

If I ever open a cafe, I will call it 'Cafe Ole' (with appropriate accents, can't find them on ipad)

Try allowing a language that uses accents (say, French, or Spanish), then hold the letter for a bit, and accents show up for you to chose from.

Gaviguzzler Mon 16-Sep-13 17:05:35

Our local pub has celerica soup as a special quite often. They also do a very nice chicken sweker.

EmilyAlice Mon 16-Sep-13 17:12:54

Olé. Accents soooo easy on ipad. Just press and hold the letter and up they pop.

Brillig Mon 16-Sep-13 17:34:33

I was in a kitchen shop recently and they had boxes marked 'Mortar and Pestal' shock Seriously. These were proper manufacturers' boxes from a well-known kitchen utensil company. How the heck those had got through the whole process of designing, proof-reading and printing, I'll never know.

Delilahlilah Mon 16-Sep-13 18:13:31

I love the humour in spelling mistakes! Some are jaw droppers though! Recently I saw "wheelchair axcess..." on a sign in Dartmouth for the Regatta. Have also seen some greats: sweat and sour, the aforementioned chicken and leak, peasant pie, venison and blubbery pie, and many more. Apostrophes, or the lack of them, makes me twitch for a pen to correct the sign!

ems1910 Mon 16-Sep-13 18:45:51

Oops sorry, yes, hearing aids! :/

marsybum Mon 16-Sep-13 18:46:31

I used to drive past a shop on the way home from work that had a sign outside saying "sabi sheik" "brick a brack" and "anteeks" - I think it meant shabby chic, bric a brac and antiques? Strangely enough it's closed down now,I always wondered if the signwriting shop next door cringed or laughed...

Kidsarekarma Mon 16-Sep-13 21:17:51

Thanks to those who explained 'scorn' - I thought it might mean scone but couldn't understand how anyone would consider a baked item to be a veg choice grin

silkboots Mon 16-Sep-13 21:21:45

I saw a white builders van the other day and written on the side was great 'WORKMENSHIP' lol durrrr

OxfordBags Mon 16-Sep-13 21:51:19

Our local Sainsbury's has a sign over its white wine section declaring them 'great for party's'. "Great for parties that have or do what?", I have to stop myself from asking the nearest assistant, every time I see it.

Delilahlilah Mon 16-Sep-13 22:46:56

Ooh silk, you just reminded me! Local builder has his van sign written "Hastle free builders"

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 17-Sep-13 09:11:01

A sign in my old village read "slow children".
I always felt it was a bit mean! grin

Yonihadtoask Tue 17-Sep-13 09:21:55

The local café in town has a blackboard with far too many apostrophes.

If no one is looking, I do lick my finger and wipe them off


Yonihadtoask Tue 17-Sep-13 09:22:47

I spotted a grocers' apostrophe on a bus-side advert for cargiant the other day. It's the beginning of the end, I tells ye <doom>


Buzzardbird Wed 18-Sep-13 10:59:45

elQuinto "Jacked on Potatoes"! shock Spermy spuds...yuk!

sydlexic Wed 18-Sep-13 11:33:47

Ewe must bee knew hear. Eye know linger had any expectation.

yegodsandlittlefishes Wed 18-Sep-13 11:57:37

sydlexic I love your funny spelling of expectation. grin

(I tried adding Spanish to my language choices and now Ole is the only word not underlined. I can't choose English and Spanish.)

I love spelling mistakes (not my own, though I have made a few. Most notably an essay about ancient Greek Temple Architecture where I made repeated mentions of the Angels of the roof. Of course, I meant the angles.... hmm)

A cafe in Oslo was tempting people in to to eat Ba-gutter, rather than baguettes. Gutter is boys in Norwegian by the way.

And as for the Arctic? Imagine being in the arctic and not be able to spell it? A local car dealer is called Artic Cars.... <teeth itching>

"elQuinto "Jacked on Potatoes"! shock Spermy spuds...yuk!"

That will be the cheese.....


wowfudge Wed 18-Sep-13 12:39:29

There has long been a tradition of mis-spelled words on signs in the UK. I remember 'cauliflour' in Tesco years ago and markets are usually a rich source of mis-spelled signs. I ordered a cortado in a branch of Costa Coffee at the weekend and pronounced it as I would in Spain (I speak Spanish) only to have the server correct my pronunciation to cortaarrrrdo. It wasn't a cortado either - twice as large as it should have been and way too much milk!

MummyPig24 Wed 18-Sep-13 13:14:37

Someone was advertising their childminding business saying that they provide a "happy and stimulating enviorment" I did point out the spelling error but they continue to use the same advert.

PeppiNephrine Wed 18-Sep-13 13:50:30

Yeah, you're all much smarter than the little people. Feel better now? And a lot of you might want to check your own spellings before complaining.

And before anyone protests that its a lighthearted amusing thread about spelling mistakes, its really not. It's people calling others "stupid fuckers" and similar because they don't know the correct conjugation or spelling in a foreign language hmm

Orangeanddemons Wed 18-Sep-13 13:52:00


Beastofburden Wed 18-Sep-13 14:02:19

Most of it is about English, Peppi. "Stupid fuckers" is also not what most people have been posting most of the time. (and if you are referring to MrsTP, she particualry said that she didn't call them that).

You are being over-sensitive.

Orangeanddemons Wed 18-Sep-13 14:05:38

Well, I knew how to spell cafe au lait at secondary school. As for jacked spuds, that's just ignorance. How can anyone get to the stage of preparing and selling the things without knowing how its spelt FGS?

Catsize Wed 18-Sep-13 14:07:06

Sounds slightly Welsh. Perhaps it isn't meant to say what you think - could be a new type of drink.
If feeling really naughty, you could always ask what a 'caff iau latt' is, because you haven't heard of one before, assume it is a new type of coffee-based drink, and as a coffee buyer for insert well-known international brand, you would love to try it.

"It's people calling others "stupid fuckers" and similar because they don't know the correct conjugation or spelling in a ^foreign language^"

Then call it a sandwich. I have no issue with having a sandwich, while drinking a coffee, then having an ice cream. However, if I am having a panini, while drinking an expresso then having a gelati, I reserve the right to be annoyed about it.

BTW, I called them fuckers, in my own head, because they corrected me. Wrongly.

thanks to beast

grin at my italicisation fail.

There's always one.... hmm

Beastofburden Wed 18-Sep-13 14:11:42

smile to MrsTP who has managed to marry my favourite man

ThePuffyShirt Wed 18-Sep-13 14:22:54

Local gastro pub has a brushed stainless steel menu holder on the outside walls with 'Menu's' at the top.

I spent some time, to my childrens' horror and to the detriment of my thumb nail, scraping that apostrophe off.

OxfordBags Wed 18-Sep-13 14:25:45

This has got nothing to do with sneering at 'the little people' (which sounds like posters are talking the piss out of dwarves, btw).

If you are going to sell a product or offer a service, you should make sure it is spelt correctly. To not bother to find out is very sloppy and shoddy and does not engender confidence in the company, that is a major reason why it is important. I refuse to go in a local café because it offers 'tease, coffee's and cake's', as well as 'capperchino's'. It is so unacceptably unprofessional that I don't trust them to provide decent products or service. And there is zero excuse for huge companies like Tesco to be getting spellings and grammar right. They can afford to employ a few proofreaders, surely.

If someone can't spell or use grammar right on their FB page, for example, it might be a bit annoying, but that's their personal thing. A business needs to be professional. And many of the things they are getting wrong are primary school- level stuff. Unless someone has a specific problem that affects their English skills, then there really is no excuse for pluralising with apostrophes or writing things like 'jacked on potatoes'.

Beastofburden Wed 18-Sep-13 14:27:17

I do have a tiny bit of sympathy for those overworked cafe staff who may have grown up in Poland and are doing their best. But the management ought to help them.

OxfordBags Wed 18-Sep-13 14:28:46

Puffy, me and DH stayed at a place on holiday once that was next to a business called 'Fishermans Rest'. The words were picked out in white mosaic on a green background. The whole holiday we kept daring each other to buy some glue, smash a cup and go mosaic an apostrophe in the right place!

Catsize Wed 18-Sep-13 14:30:45

Just remembered a long-term huge great sign outside a nursery proclaiming its excellent standards in ecducation. confused

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 18-Sep-13 14:32:14

I don't think it is taking the piss out of the little people.
If you can't spell, get someone else to write the sign or use a spell checker. Most mobiles have one.
Nothing is more unprofessional than badly written signage.

ThePuffyShirt Wed 18-Sep-13 14:36:26

You should have done, Oxford!

At my gym recently, a laminated printed sign stuck above a sink - 'Out of Order. Apologies for any convenience this may of cause'.

After looking at it with my mouth agape for 5 minutes, I took it off the wall and out to reception.

The young reception staff were suitably mortified just looked at me with their mouths agape. They were quite clearly going to call me a weirdo when I walked away.

Next time I went, the sign had been replaced with one that simply said 'Out of Order'. The rest of it was clearly too much of a conundrum for them.

PeppiNephrine Wed 18-Sep-13 15:04:52

Yes, lots of people are ignorant. Or uneducated, or maybe just forrin. Lets laugh at them and tell ourselves how much better we are. If spelling is your barometer of intelligence. Good show.

Peppi I am forrin. I live in a country not my own, I have lived in others. Including Italy, which is why my teeth itch when people use Italian badly. I used to shock ask native speakers to proof read.

Yes Peppi, I hear you, but, if you have the knowledge to open and run a shop, it is just lazy, not ignorant or stupid, but lazy, to not check the spelling of the items you are trying to sell. Be it coffee, tea or soft furnishings.

If I were to go to Saudi Arabia to open a Tea room, and I in fact managed to do this, it would also be quite amazing if I managed to spell tea incorrectly in the local tongue, bearing in mind I had relocated, settled in foreign lands, and manage to run a business there. How on earth could I overlook the spelling of Tea?

cyberboots Wed 18-Sep-13 15:30:02

I once saw a van bearing a nicely-painted sign on its side, showing the company details and their area of business: Punchers and Repairs.

It definitely wasn't joke.

carolinecordery Wed 18-Sep-13 15:32:30

It's not correct to insert a comma between 'Loose cattle' and 'Drive carefully' because two sentences cannot be split by a comma without any conjoining words.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 18-Sep-13 15:34:33

But if it is two sentences then surely a . is appropriate. The comma may be wrong, but something is required!

spamm Wed 18-Sep-13 15:35:18

Sorry - just wanted to say that I am sat at my desk giggling my head off by myself, and I am only half way through. I will finish reading and then try and remember a couple from my favorite Korean restaurant. They keep us very amused!

carolinecordery Wed 18-Sep-13 15:39:05

Yes Saggy, a full stop would be fine and one or two other punctuation marks could go there too, but I always like to look up colons haha before pronouncing which it should be, i.e. semi colon or colon. I know a dash wouldn't be right there.

carolinecordery Wed 18-Sep-13 15:43:34

Ah yes a semicolon. So either Loose cattle. Drive carefully. Or Loose cattle; drive carefully.

wowfudge Wed 18-Sep-13 15:57:55

Good spelling and grammar are important. English is a complicated enough language without it being rendered incomprehensible/ridiculous due to poor spelling and lack of punctuation. That's the whole point of spelling and grammar: to ensure the sense of what is written or printed can be properly understood.

Wasting cash on a sign or printed document containing spelling mistakes or typos just shows poor attention to detail and is embarrassing.

I'd rather have a hug than a shag.

I'd rather have a hug then a shag.

These things REALLY matter. grin

Catsize Wed 18-Sep-13 16:10:09

Long live the ; smile

Catsize Wed 18-Sep-13 16:10:38

And the subjunctive mood for that matter...

FanjoForTheMammaries Wed 18-Sep-13 16:14:06

My favourite was the dog walking service which had it's motto painted on the van..

"Well be their for you're pets when your not able to be"

FanjoForTheMammaries Wed 18-Sep-13 16:14:22

err ITS hoist with own petard

FanjoForTheMammaries Wed 18-Sep-13 16:14:50

<wears hypocrites hat for rest of day>

Beastofburden Wed 18-Sep-13 16:30:23

Fanjo, Oxford can join you with her "me and DH stayed at a place"

"DH and I stayed at a place"

pedant pants fitting much too well today

FanjoForTheMammaries Wed 18-Sep-13 16:32:23

at least i noticed I suppose <sheepish grin>

The best one I have seen was a van in Norway with the caption:

"Våpen og Ammunisjons forretning" (Weapens and ammunition shop"

"Weapens and Breastfeeding"

The van door opened sideways, and hid half of the sentence so it said
- not Ammunisjons forretning but amm ing thus hiding unisjons forretn

sort of

Teapot13 Wed 18-Sep-13 16:35:44

In the town where I grew up, at one point there were two hair salons called "Deja Vous." I can accept not using the correct diacritical marks for "deja" (in fact, I don't know how to do them on MN), but "vous" is just nonsense.

Beastofburden Wed 18-Sep-13 16:38:23

that might have been a pun, as in, it's so you dahling?

Lol at BF weaponry

OxfordBags Wed 18-Sep-13 18:07:06

Spelling is my barometer of basic professionalism.

OxfordBags Wed 18-Sep-13 18:09:07

beastofburden, I was writing colloquially <clutches at straws>

OxfordBags Wed 18-Sep-13 18:12:39

Sorry to clusterpost, but a friend texted me just a few moments ago saying, "A new beauty salon has opened down the road called Le Belle. AIBU to boycott it for using the wrong gender pronoun?".

I have directed her to this thread grin

HouseAtreides Wed 18-Sep-13 18:23:52

My friend's tattoo parlour has grocer's apostrophes across the window- Portrait's, Cover- up's etc. I have pointed out that it does not inspire much confidence in his spelling ability as a tattooist but he has yet to change it!
There was a shop in the next town over with a lovely elegantly hand-lettered sign
Brenda's Book's
WHY if you are a signwriter WHY do you not know about apostrophes?

Catsize Wed 18-Sep-13 18:25:45

Oxford, I think a boycott is in order. Unless you wish to conduct a Nancy Drew-style investigation along the lines of 'Gosh, the name of your new salon is so intriguingly ironic - how did you come up with the idea? Transexuals need places where they know they will be welcome. It is all-embracing but subtle genius'.
Oh, and if you do, please let us know the outcome. smile

VikingLady Wed 18-Sep-13 20:08:03

As a teenager I used to carry a marker pen to correct graffiti.

Oxford your friend is just reading it in the wrong language. It is Le Belle (pronounced Lay Bellay) in Italian, meaning The Beautiful Ones. Possibly. Or they can't write French.

Beastofburden Wed 18-Sep-13 21:41:59

Lol reminds me of when Raymond Blanc opened his cafe called Maison Blanc. All the townies clustered round going " It's LA Maison, it ought to be Maison Blanche". Er, no, it's like Maison Dior or House of Fraser, it's the blokes NAME FFs.

Oxford, just a gentle tease to make Fanjo feel less alone smile

Beastofburden Wed 18-Sep-13 21:44:46

Viking, I love it. Guerrilla grammar.

PlotTwist Thu 19-Sep-13 09:29:07

beastofburden my dd1 was horrified when I whipped out a pen and corrected a sign on a pub door that read "This is an entrance, your not allowed to smoke here!"

My grandmother used to do this ALL the time when i was little, I swear she carried a pen for this purpose.

Beastofburden Thu 19-Sep-13 13:24:49

LOL I have never done that myself!

AKAK81 Thu 19-Sep-13 13:27:29

I spent some time, to my childrens' horror and to the detriment of my thumb nail, scraping that apostrophe off.

Oh the irony

AKAK81 Thu 19-Sep-13 13:28:16

Sorry double post!

Catsize Thu 19-Sep-13 15:17:06

Indeed Akak. [Shock]
Not sure the irony was intentional.

Catsize Thu 19-Sep-13 15:17:31

Buggeration. shock

Catsize Thu 19-Sep-13 15:18:07

As for split infinitives...

spiderlight Thu 19-Sep-13 15:40:53

There's a very very naice ice-cream shop near us that has a permanent sign on its wall offering about twenty flavours, including 'Pisstachio'. I pointed it out to the manager but he looked at me as if I had two heads.

Saffyz Thu 19-Sep-13 15:54:28

YANBU. Would be even better if they just put "coffee with milk" though!

And while we're at it, panini is a plural, so you can't buy one panini.

And latte isn't a LAR-tay, it's a LAT-teh.

Collywibbles Thu 19-Sep-13 18:24:57

A fairly posh hotel near us offers "luxury accomodation" on their website! Makes me slightly twitchy ....

pasdellyeuxunquenous Thu 19-Sep-13 19:43:38

Conversley, there is that old joke where the man goes into a pub and everytime he asks the bar maid for a quickie, she slaps him - in the end he has to show her that all he wants is a quiche, here on the menu . . .

SanityClause Thu 19-Sep-13 19:55:21

There is a cafe near me which has a sign on e window saying "Sandwiches Bagettes Rolls Bagel"

Is the plural of bagel, bagel, like sheep? Or perhaps they couldn't afford the extra "s".

Bryna Thu 19-Sep-13 21:06:45

We have a sign near us that says 'Chickens keep dogs on leads' . Lots of amusement for dds!!

Bryna Thu 19-Sep-13 21:08:20

Sorry for double post! First time I've posted so not sure what happened!!

areujoyful Thu 19-Sep-13 21:49:34

Bryna my dh and I know that sign well, it makes us chuckle everytime we drive past it to walk our own dog! That's assuming it is the same sign, of course!

While this is a fantastically funny thread, I must say though, somewhat in defense of the current generation of waiters and shop assistants, is that most children in state schools aren't taught proper grammar. I know I certainly wasn't! My sister (along with the rest of her class) was taught English grammar, by her French teacher, in her French lesson, so they could learn French...totally ridiculous!!

LynetteScavo Thu 19-Sep-13 21:57:50

They only had squirts cream for the scones too

I would find that bloody offensive.

I think my dyslexic 8 year old may have written the sign in the OP, so I could over look that.

I'm loving pisstachio. grin

WanderingStar1 Thu 19-Sep-13 22:42:36

My DD's Yr 1 class just sent out a letter headed 'Spelling' which explained how we should help our children with their new spelling homework. Unfortunately, it contained the words 'Practice / Practicing' AS A VERB three times! shock. I imagine the spellcheckers don't pick it up as that's the US spelling, but it's not the first time I've seen this in newsletters, and I think I (and my pedant pants) will have to say something this time....... I feel awful as the teachers are lovely and so are the admin staff (I don't know who types these things) and I know they'll all hate me if I flag it, but I don't think I can turn a blind eye any longer.......! Aargh!

Catsize Fri 20-Sep-13 08:28:33

wandering, you owe it to mankind to act now...

GladitsnotJustMe Fri 20-Sep-13 10:51:35

I was once served 3 "Paganinis" in a cafe... One by one, she announced each "paganini" as it came out. By the time the last one came I wanted to eat my own hand.

I loved her and now always call them paganini's (with appropriate apostrophe of course!wink)

Beastofburden Fri 20-Sep-13 12:01:43

areu we weren't taught grammar either, and I left school in 1980. We were kept in line when we got to work by fierce older people in management.

The problem may be it is now my generation that are the management.

But like many wearing pedant pants with pride, I did modern languages. I'd be interested- how many of my fellow pedants here are linguists?

Perhaps we are not pedants at all, just sensitised to language?

Yonihadtoask Fri 20-Sep-13 14:55:56

I got an A in my English Language 'O' Level - many years ago. However, I don't recall being taught much grammar then.

I learnt how to use apostrophes when I went on, years later, in word processing lessons.

So, unless English language teaching has improved since the '80s then I don't hold out much hope.

Beastofburden Fri 20-Sep-13 15:13:31

The only grammar I was taught was in my German lessons, and that's probably because with 16 options for "the" you have to understand the grammar. I did A and S level English and grammar was never mentioned.

MyLovelyMayoMammy Fri 20-Sep-13 15:14:49

My local caff sells 'sandwhiches' 'milkshacks' and 'sconnes'. I would stop going there but the bacon barms are amazing. Apparently the saturday girl made up the sign and she hasn't gotten around to changing it. The offers to do it for her have been overwhelming. grin

MyLovelyMayoMammy Fri 20-Sep-13 15:19:01

Oh and as a young lass working in a gastro pub. I used to get Mediterranean wrong all the time. (Thank you auto correct). I didnt feel too bad though. The amount of local students I asked who got it wrong was amazing. Not to mention broccoli, Bolognese, lasagne etc.

beast I speak fluent Italian and good French. Maybe that is my new, go to pedantry excuse. I am a linguist. grin

Beastofburden Fri 20-Sep-13 15:49:12

MrsT It's certainly mine smile

Alicadabra Fri 20-Sep-13 17:22:15

DH was given a mug with lots of cricketing-related words on it. You know the sort of thing: "howzat", "wicket" and of course "bales". hmm

Now it's perfectly reasonably that someone without a cricket-obsessed partner might not know how to spell "bails", but you'd think that if someone was making a product specifically for people who are fanatics, they might just take a little time to get the spelling right. The fanatics tend to notice these things.

My other favourite: a birthday card with the legend inside "Enjoy you're birthday". It was the last one left, so presumably quite a popular choice... wink

Catsize Fri 20-Sep-13 19:20:30

I am indeed a cunning linguist.
I also took it upon myself to complete every SRA card in the box (remember those?) at primary school.

Beastofburden Fri 20-Sep-13 21:49:59

Nope, cat, I must be too old. What's SRA?

madrudge Sat 21-Sep-13 10:10:36

At work - Camel Flarge trousers
Ill Eagles (seen lurking on the motorway)
Amber Lynn - (stolen portrait of..)

School trip print out - on the bottem shelf - I did point this out to the classroom assistant as a misprint - she shook her head and said that she spent half her time jumping up and correcting the misspellings of the teacher.

Orangeanddemons Sat 21-Sep-13 11:38:31

Oh wow! SRA I remember those. I was the highest in the school < proud>. An achievement I've never since managed to match

PlotTwist Sat 21-Sep-13 11:54:07

I don't remember being taught grammar at school either, and it's something I struggle with as an adult (despite the fact I write as a hobby), I couldn't even point to what is wrong with the sentence I spent some time, to my childrens' horror and to the detriment of my thumb nail, scraping that apostrophe off. ... unless it's the misplaced apostrophe? Which I've just noticed.

RuthMacD Sat 21-Sep-13 12:36:45

A local fishing/clothing & fireworks shop advertises "Ace Fireworks Sold All Year for Bonfire Night, New Year, Partie's & Anniversarie's". I cringe every time I walk past!

Snog Sat 21-Sep-13 12:41:37

Café O'Lay is a charming alt spelling

Beastofburden Sat 21-Sep-13 12:43:05

It's the misplaced apostrophe.

What is SRA??? stamps feet

EmilyAlice Sat 21-Sep-13 12:47:50

SRA was a set of endless cards covering comprehension, spelling and grammar that we used to give to pupils in the eighties to keep them quiet on Friday afternoon. It stood for Scholastic something or other.

Catsize Sat 21-Sep-13 12:48:10

beast, I have googled SRA - stands for Science Research Associates. However, it was all about reading, comprehension and grammar exercises. Seems they have been knocking about in schools since 1960ish. I was at primary school in the 80s.
Orange, I think we would have have been fierce rivals bestest friends at school.
Ruth, burn the place.

Catsize Sat 21-Sep-13 12:51:09

I am still bitter I didn't get any recognition for my ridiculous swottiness SRA achievement.

EmilyAlice Sat 21-Sep-13 12:54:30

Yes, Science Research Associates. A friend of mine used to call it, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Workcard. SMP Maths was the other thing.
Talking of the eighties, my husband once asked for an aperitif in a restaurant. Waitress looked horrifird and came back with senior waitress to see if he really needed a pair of teeth.

complexnumber Sat 21-Sep-13 12:57:14

A café in Uxbridge (a fair few years ago) used to advertise 'Bean on toast'

I always thought that a bit mean.

EmilyAlice Sat 21-Sep-13 13:05:18

On behalf of all primary teachers of the 1980s, I applaud your achievement, catsize. I would also like to apologise for the boredom caused.

Catsize Sat 21-Sep-13 13:09:26

Been on toast would have been worse! shock
Aperitif! grin

Catsize Sat 21-Sep-13 13:14:03

Emily, thank you. I actually really enjoyed them.
Applause on behalf of all teachers, and not just miserable witch Mrs M. is more than a geeky girl of the 80s could have asked for.--Please ignore poor use of tense and preposition at end of sentence--

Catsize Sat 21-Sep-13 13:15:05

And inability to use strikethrough thingy

Housemum Mon 23-Sep-13 11:00:29

I loved SRA cards! Wish they would bring them back, there were days I hated the topic on the card I had to do, but the achievement on getting to the next band was great.

There was a TV error recently on the Kirstie Allsopp programme (probably got her name wrong, one L or 2?) - the little heading for the next crafty section was "Kid's presents" - presumably one lucky child getting loads, though a bit unfortunate for the others as I think there was more than one child around.

I saw a BBC spelling mistake last Christmas - the little advert thing that comes up said, "Absolutley Fabulous". You'd think our licence fees would mean they could afford to spell check...

beaglesaresweet Mon 23-Sep-13 11:07:29

Velvet, cup of chino! grin

There's a beauty salon near MIL's which is, apparently, "fully equipted". Makes me giggle every time.

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