Entries Tagged as 'spelling and grammar police'
Kellye from Huntsville, Alabama spotted these notes posted on boarded-up diner during last month’s G20 summit in Pittsburgh.
Explains Kellye: “The broken windows were caused by a few rowdy anarchists/drunk college kids from Oakland who apparently missed the mark in their defiance of the man. Since the vandals represented only a very small cross-section of protesters involved, other more local-friendly civil disobedients apparently saw fit to apologize for in their stead and offer their respectful patronage.”
related: silent protest
Tags: heart · note wars · Pittsburgh · raging against the machine · spelling and grammar police · Starbucks
Ashley in Richmond, Virginia says this e-mail was sent to every single employee at her office. Then, “after thirty minutes, the sender attempted to recall it six times.” (That’s how you know she was SO SERIOUS.)
related: the classic all-staff e-mail
Tags: all-staff e-mail · CAPS LOCK · cell phone · Richmond · spelling and grammar police
Before you embark on this visual road trip through from rural North America, remember: guns don’t kill ’possums. CELL PHONES KILL ’POSSUMS. (And potentially one-thumbed former sea captains.)
related: The right to bear fruit
extra credit: Playing ’possum [awkwardfamilyphotos.com]
Tags: more aggressive than passive · not-so-veiled threats · small town living · spelling and grammar police
Shannon in New York saw this note posted on the fence of the nearby community garden while she and her roommate were taking her dog for a walk for. The thought of a little old lady glued to her binoculars at 4 in the morning, this had them laughing for many prepositional phrases of time.
related: the right to bear fruit
Tags: CAPS LOCK · Clearly a non-native English speaker · excessive underlining · flowers, trees, houseplants & gardens · New York · spelling and grammar police · stealing · WTF?
This restroom sign from Baton Rouge, Louisiana manages to combine variations on two of the genre’s most irritating cliches — the rhyme that must be flushed and the clip art that must be stopped…with some additional ridiculous floral clip art thrown in for good measure.
And yet, somehow, this note manages to offend me even more. I don’t think I’ll look at cupcakes the same way again.
related: the “your mother doesn’t work here” of the hospitality industry
extra credit: “it’s your birthday and we do give a shit”
Tags: bathroom · clip art catastrophe · exclamation-point happy!!!! · spelling and grammar police · toilet
K, so, we’ve all seen a million notes like this…
(Check out that sad little orphan S!)
…but it actually takes a real mother to poke a hole in that logic.
related: Your mother doesn’t work here. Or here. Or here.
Tags: Moms & Dads · p.s. · signed with love · smiley · Your mother doesn't... · your/you're
Writes Amy in Canada: “Part of my job (as a civilian employed by the Canadian Armed Forces) is to install or repair network services out to remote areas of our training area. Here are a few of the notes I saw while puttering around with my cabling and switches.”
happy (very) belated canada day!
related: (don’t?) wash your ass in the sink
Tags: Canada · military · spelling and grammar police
Presenting the winner of the creative spelling (and spacing) of the year award, spotted by Rob in the recently-painted elevator of his Brooklyn apartment building. It has a lovely lyric quality to it, no?
related: Your are welcome to our home
Tags: bizarro spacing · Brooklyn · CAPS LOCK · elevator · graffiti · landlords and property managers · most popular notes of 2009 · now that's management · runaway run-on sentences · spelling and grammar police · the po-po · your/you're
Writes Linda in Austin, Texas: “This note popped up a few months ago on my downstairs neighbor’s door, but I didn’t take a look at it until now.” But how much longer will it be before she garners an invite from this gracious host?
related: why you don’t want to go to b-school, in two words
Tags: Austin · CAPS LOCK · neighbors · spelling and grammar police
Failed strategies in bicycle theft deterrence:
1. Assuming the thief who stole your bike is schooled in Italian neorealism; appealing to said thief’s desire to be one of the cool kids.
2. Feigning empathy for said thief.
3. Chiding said thief for his stupidity via a barely legible run-on sentence without double-checking “you’re” grammar first.
(Grazie mille to Nadia in Melbourne, Chris in Amsterdam, and Tom in London for submitting!)
related: No, Daddy, I asked for a Wii!
Tags: Amsterdam · Australia · bicycle · London · Melbourne · public shaming · stealing · your/you're