Sandwich Board Spelling

Sandwich BoardI had a chuckle reading this sandwich board in the streets of North Sydney. There were sufficient spelling mistakes to warrant taking a photograph with my camera phone.

I wonder if the signwriter couldn’t spell, or was his customer spelling-challenged as well?

How many mistakes can you see?

News Papers should be one word, newspapers.

Smokes is a colloquial expression for cigarettes.

Grocerys should be spelt groceries. A grocer is a dealer in foodstuffs and other household supplies, and comes from the old French word grossier with gross meaning large. When I was young we went to the grocery shop, but these have been mostly supplanted by supermarkets.

The use of 4 as a contraction of for seems rather corny. What is being achieved by this SMS style of banner? I can only suppose this is an artefact of the SMS generation.

My favourite blooper is sallads. I have never seen salad spelt this way!

At least the sign is eye-catching and the shop is very convenient!

Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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