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
4. A true professional
6. This sign should be unortherized
7. Cheedear, anyone?
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.