Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Animal Magic

Two signs sent in by my parents show that the National Trust can be both skillful sign-writers and have interesting wildlife at Dyrham Park:

Okay, this just needs a bit of punctuation, for example, "Please drive slowly - livestock". That is, unless they are referring to the livestock.

Need we say more? The National Trust putting conservation first!

Sunday, 25 April 2010

EMPHASIS, Spellinks and Mis-Directions

We have just spent the last week staying in a very nice hotel in Bournemouth that seemed to have a little trouble with its signs at breakfast.

Firstly, it paid not to follow the signs for the contents of these three jars. Just to say, we were among the first down for breakfast, so this was the full brilliance of the staff shining through:

This was only bettered by the spelling on this engraved plate:
Do you muse over your muesli?

The following signs were seen at the office I had the pleasure of working in during the week:
Remember to emphasise THE right WORDS when making posters.

This was lovely - in an emergency, I am meant to press and hold the alarm button while not using the lift. Yes, I know it is for two different emergencies, BUT!!!!!

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Fake imitations

So, we were shopping about a week ago and saw the following:

In case you missed it here is a (blurry) close-up:

Chicken 'flavor' noodles. Okay, so I can cope with that, even with the American spelling of 'flavour' in my British supermarket.

I can cope with understanding that 'chicken flavor' noodles means it is unlikely to contain anything that has previously worn feathers, especially when the word 'VEGETARIAN' is written directly beneath the description.

What I am have trouble with is that it is 'imitation chicken flavor'.

Does an imitation chicken flavour (or, indeed, flavor) taste even vaguely like chicken?

Why not give it a different name if it is not actually chicken flavour?

Or, maybe, why not just drop the 'imitation' part....

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Spelling Bee

Spot the mistakes. Enough said.

('Bagguettes' as seen in Devizes)

(Seen in Dorset, we think)