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Old 12-18-2018, 03:25 PM
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Random misspellings you've encountered in the wild

Just post whatever misspelled words you've seen, no explanation necessary.

That said, I'll explain that this was inspired by the following misspelling I just encountered on Facebook:

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Old 12-18-2018, 03:40 PM
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The local free newspaper that used to run The Straight Dope once ran a long article about governments taking over properties, which it consistently referred to as "imminent domain".

For decades there was a street sign near where I grew up which left out the E in the middle of the name, thus listing the road as "FREDRICK" street. It was a sad day when they finally corrected the sign...

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Old 12-18-2018, 06:09 PM
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I've seen that name spelled that way; are you sure it was wrong?

One goof I've long seen is "taking things for granite." You mean, you're going to take something and use it for a rock, or your countertop?

"Alright" is not a word; I don't care what anyone says.
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Old 12-18-2018, 06:10 PM
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I've seen that name spelled that way; are you sure it was wrong.
I assume this is directed toward me. The answer is all the other street signs for that road, including the replacement sign, spelled it FREDERICK. In addition, this was in a part of the county where by design all the road names had three syllables. (The east-west road names in the county went through names alphabetically from the southern end to the northern end, starting with one syllable ones in the south and ending with a four syllable name (ARIZONA) in the far north.)

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Not exactly a misspelling, but I constantly see the word “phase” used when “faze” is meant. As in “That stuff doesn’t phase me.” Do they think they are in Star Trek?
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:11 PM
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Maybe not a misspelling, but certainly poor usage or something. I saw a sign at a Kroger supermarket meat market more than 35 years ago, just before Labor Day:

"IT BARBECUE TIME!"
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:32 PM
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I've seen each of those so often that I'm actually relieved to see that this site flags each as a misspelling.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:38 PM
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"the plot chickens"

This was part of the writer's note for a fanfic; I pointed out the mistake, but told her it was hilarious enough to leave as is. The chicken stayed.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:49 PM
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Old 12-18-2018, 09:01 PM
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There used to be a surplus/salvage store down the street that was selling a "dresser with 5 droors." By all means, let the illiterate employee make the signs.
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I have seen a small-town ice cream stand with a sign that said "Diary Bar".
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I watched a youtube video review of a movie. In text on screen was a note about the bad "special efforts" (special effects)
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:39 AM
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There was a small outlet mall in my old town, and there had once been a small shop that sold various homemade foods. Their sign had been painted on the wall, and one of the words was "DOUHG."

oops
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Old 12-19-2018, 02:05 AM
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I once made a very terse message that would be faxed (that's how long ago this was) to past due accounts with their monthly statement.

I realized about a year later it had a typo.

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Old 12-19-2018, 02:44 AM
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Old 12-19-2018, 04:39 AM
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Loose.

Yeah I know it's way common but it just bugs me so much more than other spelling errors.
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Old 12-19-2018, 06:06 AM
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I once found a job advert for an 'ortonamus worker'. Maybe a dinosaur handler?
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:59 AM
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There was a small outlet mall in my old town, and there had once been a small shop that sold various homemade foods. Their sign had been painted on the wall, and one of the words was "DOUHG."

oops
Homer Simpson, baker: "Dough!"

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Old 12-19-2018, 12:12 PM
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I've seen crab legs unfortunately labeled 'crap legs' at a Korean supermarket.
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The city was putting out info for our levy that explained how we needed to upgrade our police radios to have "parody" [parity] with surrounding communities. My heart dropped into my stomach thinking about how that almost made it out but luckily I caught it in time. I'm just a council person but they send a lot of stuff to me to be copy edited now.
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:21 PM
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This one is I believe a conflation of misspelling and a malapropism:

"Dribble" for Drivel.

Another one that drives me nuts is "Walla!" for Voila'.
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:24 PM
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Loose.

Yeah I know it's way common but it just bugs me so much more than other spelling errors.
That, and people who write "lead" when they mean "led." It's an understandable error, it makes sense why it would be a common mistake; but it still irks me.
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Old 12-19-2018, 02:02 PM
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I have a co-worker that continually spells white...........wite
And just about any word that has a double letter in it only gets one of those letters!

On the ash cans outside our local mall, it says: Please Extinquish All Cigarettes

Another co-worker spelled shrubs............schrubs
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Old 12-19-2018, 04:41 PM
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In online storage unit auction listings I commonly see "chester drawers". I presume they mean "chest of drawers", but perhaps Chester's underthings really are in there.
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Old 12-19-2018, 05:21 PM
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Unnecessary apostrophes:
* Blaze Pizza's "Fast Fire'd Pizza"
* Ubiquitous* huge billboards for some (presumably bogus) hair "restoration" company, with RESTORE'D prominently in the text. (Also, the O has a tilde-like combover that puts me in mind of a certain orange Chief Executive.)
Umm, no apostrophe is needed, because NO LETTERS ARE MISSING! Probably not random misspellings, because they're clearly intentional, but what the intention IS, I can't fathom.

*In metropolitan Chicago, anyhow, as they feature Chicago sports figures.
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Old 12-19-2018, 06:03 PM
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* Ubiquitous* huge billboards for some (presumably bogus) hair "restoration" company, with RESTORE'D prominently in the text. (Also, the O has a tilde-like combover that puts me in mind of a certain orange Chief Executive.)
Umm, no apostrophe is needed, because NO LETTERS ARE MISSING! Probably not random misspellings, because they're clearly intentional, but what the intention IS, I can't fathom.

*In metropolitan Chicago, anyhow, as they feature Chicago sports figures.
Speaking of that, Ryne Sandberg's first name *looks* spelled wrong but that's correct.

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Old 12-19-2018, 06:42 PM
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My favorite is the local pizza place that advertised its "homade pizza" for years. Given that the street it was on wasn't a stranger to prostitution, perhaps it wasn't a misspelling after all.
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My favorite is the local pizza place that advertised its "homade pizza" for years. Given that the street it was on wasn't a stranger to prostitution, perhaps it wasn't a misspelling after all.

This reminds me of a Chinese restaurant I used to go to. I went there enough, that I became friendly with the owner.

One day when I was there, I noticed a hand written sign that read: "We opening Christmas day"

I pointed out to him a better way to phrase that would be: "We are open for Christmas".

His response was: "Pffft! I know that! I'm a college graduate. I write it like that to make the place feel more authentic to my customers."

IDK if he was fucking with me or what. But he gave me a good chuckle.
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I used to work in a place that had a pantry. Someone had hung a hand-written sign on the door: Please keep the panty locked. It was up for several months before someone took it down.


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I once accepted a job application that boldly claimed, "Salt and Battery".

He didn't get an interview.
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Old 12-19-2018, 10:47 PM
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At a doctor's office yesterday, a big sign that said

PLEASE DISGUARD ALL SHARPS IMMEDIATELY AFTER USE

I had to look up "disguard" to make sure it wasn't an actual word meaning "to remove the guard material" or something. (It wasn't.)
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Old 12-20-2018, 04:48 AM
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That, and people who write "lead" when they mean "led." It's an understandable error, it makes sense why it would be a common mistake; but it still irks me.
Yeah but at least "led" and "lead" are homonyms.
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Sign at a Country Club's 19th Hole

Fowl Language will not be tolerated.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:52 PM
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:19 AM
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The complex where I've got a condo has underground parking. The cleaning crew comes around once a month or so to sweep it out. They dutifully post a warning that any cars left in the garage on cleaning day will probably get a little dirty. The standard posted warning has never been all that literate, but for awhile it had this curious typo:

"Owners who wish to do so may move their cars before hand."
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Old 12-27-2018, 04:26 AM
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NO PARKING YOUR CAR WILL BE TOWED AT YOUR EXSPENCE

Naturally, no one parked there. Someone who spelled like that, who knew what other horrible things they'd be capable of doing.
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Old 12-27-2018, 06:39 AM
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NO PARKING YOUR CAR WILL BE TOWED AT YOUR EXSPENCE

Naturally, no one parked there. Someone who spelled like that, who knew what other horrible things they'd be capable of doing.
I thought that was going to be a comment about the run on sentence. Sort of like the signs I occasionally see that say "NO SMOKING FOOD OR DRINK". So...I can still smoke a Winston as long as I don't light up my carrot, right?
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This one is I believe a conflation of misspelling and a malapropism:

"Dribble" for Drivel.
I recall that in my (UK) schooldays, the majority of a lifetime ago; my schoolfellows used "dribble" and "drivel" interchangeably. Attributable, I feel, to teenage males' largely-failed attempts at witty wordplay...
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Umm, no apostrophe is needed, because NO LETTERS ARE MISSING! Probably not random misspellings, because they're clearly intentional, but what the intention IS, I can't fathom.
Maybe add one o' them posse-trophs? That'll class it up real nice!

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Sign at a Country Club's 19th Hole

Fowl Language will not be tolerated.
Aha, the plot indeed chickens.

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Just ran across this one today:

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At one time I collected misspellings of my last name, which had been "simplified" when my grandparents came to America.

I stopped after 22.
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I'm (yet again) packing up the house for a move, and the "Dish Barrel"-size box has a list, with check boxes, of which room the box should go to. I haven't decided where the "Dinning Room" will be in our new home.
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Forest as "forrest", twice in a row, showing it to not be a slip of a finger.
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Sign at a Country Club's 19th Hole

Fowl Language will not be tolerated.
C'mon, that's such a poultry error.

On a gardening message board I used to frequent (GardenWeb), it was common for people to post about their "perrenials", sometimes even their perineals.
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The standard posted warning has never been all that literate, but for awhile it had this curious typo:

"Owners who wish to do so may move their cars before hand."
Normally I'd not say anything, but, given the thread, I have to point out your typo. It would be "for a while," as the preposition "for" needs a noun "while," not an adverb "awhile."

Of course, it's very likely that I will have some error that I didn't notice or know about in this post.
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