The “best” of bad signage

Words matter. That’s this week’s theme, in honor of Words Matter Week.

Usually I devote the first and third Wednesday to bad signage: examples of signs, flyers, and advertisements containing humorous grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

But because this is Words Matter Week, I’m going to treat you to ten of my favorites from the past year or so. In no particular order, here are the top candidates for the Bad Signage Award. I hope you’ll cast your vote in the comments section!

1. A flower grows in Brooklyn

2. Spelling suop

3. Apostrophes made to order

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4. A true professional

Personal typist

5. The poster child of bad signage

6. This sign should be unortherized

7. Cheedear, anyone?

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8. How to slip and fall

9. Risky business

10. Is your child perpared?

When we see mistakes like these, we’re doubly conscious of the way words matter. What a difference correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation make. They really can affect the way people interpret the written word.

Which one gets your vote? Leave a comment below!

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#1 Debbie on 03.03.10 at 6:29 am

My vote goes to 2. Spelling suop

#2 JoJo Tabares on 03.03.10 at 6:46 am

How could you possibly choose?

I think I’ll have some suop and think’ it over while I’m perparing my ortherized opinion. I hope I’ll not be in hydranger of carefully slipping on the cheedear cheese. ;D

#3 Kim on 03.03.10 at 7:26 am

Thanks for stopping by, ladies (and for the extra chuckle, JoJo!).

#4 JoJo Tabares on 03.03.10 at 7:57 am

Did you know it’s Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday today? Phone someone and use lots of words that matter! lol

#5 Monica on 03.03.10 at 2:32 pm

I have to say #4 or #10. Whenever professionals advertise their services by showing they are not professionals, they should be recognized.

#6 Kim on 03.03.10 at 4:10 pm

Monica: Your comment made me laugh. I hope we’ve duly recognized ‘em!

#7 Pat VanderBeek on 03.05.10 at 8:58 am

#8 is my first choice and #4 is my second choice. It was hard to choose because they all made me laugh.

#8 Kim on 03.05.10 at 9:09 am

I know, Pat. I had a hard time narrowing down to my ten favorites!

#9 K-Sue on 03.09.10 at 3:32 pm

I am torn between # 8 and #10.

#10 Kim on 03.09.10 at 7:52 pm

Those are among my faves too, K-Sue.

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