One of the things I notice when I'm driving around town is signs. Not just roadsigns telling me about the speed limit changes or that there is a sharp curve ahead, but the signs for business and such. The writer in me checks for spelling mistakes or to see if they are using proper grammar, and whenever I see a sign that fails in either of those two categories, I have to resist the strong urge to pull over and tell the proprietor of their mistake.
For example, there is a store in a town a few miles west of where I live that primarily sells seafood. You'd think that because of that, and especially because of the fact that we live in a state well known for it's seafood, they'd know how to spell the names of the various types of seafood that they sell. You'd be wrong. On one side of their hand-painted sign they spelled lobster correctly, but on the other side it is spelled "Lobester". What gets me even more steamed (pun intended) is that this sign has been like that for ages.
There's a mom-and-pop restaurant just up the street from my apartment that has been advertising lately for "Cheery Whoopie Pies". Now, unless they've developed a whoopie pie that has something in it that affects your mood, I'm going to assume that they misspelled the word cherry. Marijuana dispensaries are only just beginning to form in the state of Maine, so I don't think they're selling pot whoopie pies just yet.
Then there's the Rite Aid in town. Their sign doesn't actually have any spelling or grammar mistakes, it's just poorly thought out. Their sign reads "Agency Liquor Store" on one line, and "See the benefits with Wellness Plus" on the other. It's like advertising for discounts on fast food at the local Over-Eaters Anonymous meeting.
The one sign in town that takes the cake is the one in front of a church that I drive by daily on my way to work. They try to make their signs clever and original (around Easter they put one up that said "Jesus loves His Peeps"), but more often than not, they fail. They had one up recently that said "Man's desires are temporary. God's love is Forevrer."
They had that sign up for three weeks. Three weeks. I don't know how they didn't catch their mistake, or how no one ever told them about it before it was taken down. I tried ignoring it as I drove past it daily, but I couldn't. There were a few times where I contemplated pulling over and walking up to the sign to fix it myself, but The Boss wouldn't let me. They finally changed it the other day ("Want to make God laugh? Tell him about your future plans!") which is mildly better, if only for the fact that every word is spelled correctly.
I don't feel that my noticing the error in these signs is OCD at all. Is it too much to ask for local businesses to put intelligent signs up outside? All I'm saying is that poorly spelled or poorly organized signs reflect badly upon the business.
Have you seen any signs lately that stuck out to you?
Happy Monday, folks.