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

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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?

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 15-Sep-13 23:26:11

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.

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