Editing Fails. How Not To Edit

A Blogger's Books has a reputation to keep! Here we fix things and make every effort to uphold the correct use of the English language (even though we all sometimes make mistakes).
Today we have something different prepared; something quite the opposite of the usual articles published here.
In view of the holiday spirit swiftly approaching, I thought we could afford ourselves a bundle of fun by looking at some amusing signs and notices.

Below are some examples of how not to edit your work

So that's where he learned the alternative spellings for words.

This is what you do when you get to the scool door. 'Sotp', then turn around.

I suppose it makes sense. 'Garage' is a terribly difficult word to spell, especially if you were hooked on 'phonics'  throughout your 'scool' days.

Notice that this was written by the 'park police' as opposed to the real police. These positions were created mainly for people who had to 'sotp' going to 'scool' in favour of running 'groj' sales.

Still, he got the longest word right. Or did he?

And for the more serious editors among us....

Don't feel bad if you didn't pick up the mistakes in the last 3 pictures. Their creators didn't either. :-)


myletterstoemily December 2, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

good grief! the advertisers of the last add
were 'PAYED' to do that!

Roland D. Yeomans December 2, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

Loved your pictures. I re-read a query I emailed. And with a morning clear head, I spotted two glaring errors. Duh!

Have you ever spotted errors in work that you had already submitted? I'm a former English teacher, and it makes me slightly crazy. Or crazier that I usually am! LOL.

Icy BC December 2, 2010 at 6:02 PM  

I love funny signs, and you've found some awesome one, Anne!

Anne Lyken-Garner December 2, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

Thanks, guys. I thought I'd have some fun with a post on this blog for a change.:-)

Covnitkepr1 December 3, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

Too Too funny.
I have added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit my blog and become a follower also.

Hanny December 3, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

Ouch! Those last three were just painful!

Toyin O. December 4, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

I can not believe those are professional posters.

Self Sagacity December 5, 2010 at 5:39 PM  

Yes, I just can't imagine how someone hasn't already told them about it. :-)

Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 5:01 AM  

Благодарность за материалы! :)
Respect www.abloggersbooks.com

Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 6:03 AM  

Благодарность за материалы! :)
Respect www.abloggersbooks.com

Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

Hilarious. I got the last three. Should be Cheaper Than Cheap, apologise should be apologize, and It;s should be Its.

I once saw a restaurant sign called Family Dinning LOL!

Anne Lyken-Garner December 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM  

Good try, Stephen, but there are still others. 'Apologise' is correct if you live in England, so that's not an error.
Look again. It's more blatant than that. The 'Cheaper than...' one also has another error (really terrible) you missed. You got the last one on the money!

Arlee Bird December 9, 2010 at 1:39 AM  

The handmade temporary signs are not as bad as those signs that will have more permanency. The other error in the "Cheaper" sign is "your" should be "you're".
But are they errors or intentional? I've heard of some sign designers making errors on purpose in order to catch attention and make people remember them more.

Tossing It Out

Pruthiraj December 17, 2010 at 6:17 AM  

This is nice post, I like this very much.

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