I just came across this bit of inspired illiteracy on eBay, and had to share:
I can’t formulate a witty comment for this… although I wonder what color that city in California is…
There are an awful lot of items sold on eBay whose color is FUSCHIA (fus-chee-uh). And clothing and shoes made of that other mystery fabric, swade. Shoes have heals, don’t you know. And some people seem to think there are brands of shoes called “Reebox” and “Sketchers.” They have pictures of these things; they must have been able to look at them to notice the “k” on one, and the lack of “t” in the other. It’s getting so I sort of applaud eBay pages where there aren’t any spelling errors.
Then again, it isn’t much worse that the display of cereal I saw at the grocery store, with the handwritten sign, “Capten Cronch.”
AHAHAHAHA. Capten Cronch. Excellent. I will now proceed to market a cheap imitation cereal under that name.
Coming back from France last year a friend declared to Customs that she had dried cuttlefish snacks in her luggage. The desklady filled out and signed the form which she put in her bag without further thought until she had to hand it to the next officer, who raised an eyebrow and said “May I ask what that is?”
I was visiting a friend in a tiny town(?) in the wilderness (for those interested, it’s Lilliwaup WA, named for the madam of the house of ill repute for loggers and fishermen in times past… She was, of course, Lilli, the Waup according to local legend, I digress)
We went into the little general store and in the center aisle was a bin of stuff with a sign saying “Hafe off all Crissmus onerments.” I gently mentioned to the young woman working there that Christmas was spelled wrong. She said “It is?” peered at the sign, then said “Oh, my boss wrote that, he left out the H, I’ll tell him so he can fix it.” :eek: I believe there may be fewer last names than approprate to the number of families there. :dubious:
A related tale: the supermarket I used to live very close to had a sign out that they were hiring a new sign writer. I was unemployed at the time, and applied for the job. I had noticed quite a few handwritten signs of the “Capten Cronch” variety. I went to apply for the job, and told the hiring manager that I thought I’d be good at it because I have very neat handwriting, and I’m good at spelling. He flat-out told me he didn’t care about the spelling, he was just looking for speed. Way to convey a professional image. :rolleyes:
Sweid shoes? That’s just as bad as what I find in the antique phones. Instead of Bakelite, people will put in bakerlight or bake light. And that round thing with all the holes that you spin around to make a call? To far too many people, that’s a dialer.
What makes it difficult is that eBay’s search is stupid. It will not give results where the search term is part of a word. S, I have to search for (dial,dialer,dialler,dail) - that, by the way, is how to enter an “or” search on eBay.