My most recent blog post was about saving words from extinction. This post is about saving words from mutilation. A reader recently sent me a picture taken at a local high school her son was attending. Fortunately her son was quick about his work because the sign was changed in a very short time, after all the sharp teachers and students also spotted the error.
What's especially funny is that the word principle was also misspelled in the Braille on that sign - they accurately misspelled principle, but the Braille introduces a new misspelling of the word assistant. Here's what the Braille should look like, with only principle misspelled:
I don't read Braille, but I can tell that their rendering of assistant does not match the correct Braille spelling of assistant. Any Braille readers want to comment?
That e-mail reminded me of other pictures of signs with misspellings in or near schools.
This next one is a classic.
I'm not sure whether it was a copycat crime, but several other schools have had the same mistake made on their nearby pavement.
I read online that the misspelling in the next sign was an honest mistake that was quickly rectified ... but not before someone captured it for the rest of the world.
What must be especially embarrassing is when a sign announcing a spelling- or literacy-related event contains a misspelling. Here are several.
Unfortunately, the word literacy is misspelled in this next sign.
This next one had to be a source of embarrassment.
This next sign made me wonder whether there had been a contest to see who could get the most misspellings into the smallest space.
I saw a sign on Facebook recently that fit nicely into this blog post.
How is your spelling? Although I normally don't have problems with spelling, as a teacher I struggle most with the words that I see my students frequently misspell. After you see a word misspelled so often, the correct spelling starts to look wrong to you. When I'm in a hurry I also make typos, which some of you sharpies let me know about so that I can correct them on the blog itself, unfortunately after the misspellings have gone out in over 900 e-mails. Sigh!
This past Friday evening I attended a surprise party for my academic dean, Dr. Bob Taylor. He is retiring after 50 years of service on staff at BJU, at least 30 years of which he spent as a dean. The program to honor him was such a nice tribute to this godly man. A colleague contacted all of us who teach in the College of Arts and Science to ask us for one word that comes to mind when we think of Dr. Taylor. With the results of that survey, she had the following picture made to present to Dr. Taylor.
There was a neat display on another table with pictures, both recent and old.
I'll miss Dr. Taylor as my dean, and I wish him much happiness in his retirement.
For today's quotation, I am sharing the entirety of his retirement speech, after the various tributes were given to honor him:
"God is great, and I'm not. God is good, and I'm not. And I am blessed." – Dr. Bob Taylor
Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
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