“This sign—from a Japanese spa—has been delighting me for years. Apparently, not only do aestheticians remove curls, they remove consonants!” Photo by Shelley Hudson.
This sign has a lot going for it, including eye-catching colour and easy-to-read typeface. It also features not one, but two spellings of “appliances”: the Canadian Oxford-approved spelling, in the second line, and an exotic European spelling—“applicances”—in the final line. Photo by Cheryl Hannah.
“I saw this sign at my favourite fruit/veggie market. It’s a great store with really good prices (as you can see). I got a chuckle from the ‘ant accident’ blooper but didn’t have the heart to tell the hard-working Persian owners.” Photo by Caroline Helbig.
CTV News online usually has high standards for editing, but, as seen in this November 21, 2012, headline, “B.C. MP calls for tsumani debris clean-up fund,” even the most astute editors don’t catch every typo. Here, the pesky m and n switch—in tsunami—escaped their notice. Photo by Stefania Alexandru.
Brian Scrivener sent us this typo-containing advertisement. He writes, “Apparently, it’s very important where one parks one’s principles. More crucially, editors will argue for hours over the many reasons why there should or should not be a hyphen in ‘Lieutenant Governor.’”
Eve Rickert discovered the value of her proofreading skills while out to dinner at Pix Pâtisserie in Portland, Oregon. While she suspected that the restaurant didn’t intend to offer beer, wine, cider, and sherry at “10% of list price,” she wasn’t complaining! Photo by Eve Rickert.
Maureen Phillips spotted this sign for “Mike’s Tailor” (His own tailor? Lucky Mike!) and “professional altetration” services (whoops) while driving along Broadway Street in Vancouver. She didn’t have the heart to go in and point out the mistakes, though. Photo by Maureen Phillips.