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I just sent this link to a friend who used to run a real estate magazine. He told me that one of his competitors once had an ad whose copy said something like, “Ladies, you’ll enjoy the huge dick behind the house.”
You know the first thing I noticed about that sign is that it was missing the definite article. Shouldn’t it be “The best 15 things about our pubic schools”? Or maybe, “15 great things about our pubic schools”? “15 best” sounds odd, like saying “you’re best” instead of “you’re the best.” In any case, they didn’t have the best pubic school graduates writing copy for this sign.
Is it more or less sad that I had to click on the link to see the typo ’cause my brain kept seeing it as “public” anyway in that context.
edmund dantes |
September 22nd, 2010 at 10:44 am
Kennedy, it’s actually a well known phenomenon about the human brain. You can actually get away with brutally misspelling every word in a paragraph so long as the starting and ending letter are correct and the human mind just autocorrects it.
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
My ex-wife was a graphic designer, and whenever she made a mistake, no matter how many people were supposed to vet the item before going out, she always took the blame. I bet some poor designer’s head is gonna roll over this.
the innominate one |
September 22nd, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Similar to #8’s anecdote, my friends and I used to laugh whenever we drove by the adults-only supply store with the sign which read “entrance in rear”.
This so-called reporter calls this a “pretty clean” pit maneuver!!! She also fails to notice or comment on the driver of the car that was directly hit being forcefully taken from his car, put on the ground and handcuffed by police.
The Broward County pubic Information Officer doesn’t entirely know what he is talking about either.