Please note that the title of this post is done purposely. It’s done in a day and age where spell check is automatic. Heck, my iPhone (and Droid before that) spell checked.
Alas, it doesn’t seem to be that way in some places where it should be.
Look, being a newspaper guy for many years, I realize mistakes happen. I can’t say I’ve never misspelled a word, a name or got something wrong. I’d be lying through my teeth.
Hell, I’d be willing to bet that most of us have made those stupid errors. Remember, the “I” and the “O” are close to one another on the keyboard, so if you aren’t careful, a shot can take on a truly different meaning.
Thankfully, that never got past me in writing something for a newspaper.
Anyway, I’ve always been one to notice things that were done wrong in areas where they should have been double, triple and sometimes quadruple checked. But they aren’t. However, I usually looked at them and snickered and moved on.
The one at the top of the page is what made me think that it was time for a post.
I was out this week to grab a geocache. As it would be, this cache was on the edge of a little cemetery in a tiny town near me. So a couple of us went and grabbed it. While there, I figured I’d try and grab a couple of photos of headstones people had requested on the website Find A Grave.
While looking around, I came across the one at the top of this post.
Now, I’m always up for someone who puts a little Skynyrd on their headstone. Especially Freebird. Now that is something sweet to spend eternity with.
But if you are going to do it, do it right!
There are two errors on this headstone. Can you pick them out? Take a peek at the headstone again and see if you can find them. I’ll give the answers at the end of this post.
It seems some of the biggest culprits in this failure to proof over things are eateries. In fact, I’ve heard the story from James about his day interviewing at the newspaper where we worked together. It seems when James went to lunch with the person who would be one of his supervisors, he found an error in a menu.
Talk about a positive first impression.
Fast-forward to earlier this year. I was in the Washington D.C. area visiting a friend and one night, we met up with James for dinner at a really nice place — Harry’s Tap Room in Arlington.
As we perused the menu for dessert, this was spotted:
By visiting’s Harry’s website, it appears the owners are renovating and will be returning under a new name. Hopefully this time, if they offer a crumble, they’ll spell it right.
James also sent along this one from a pizza joint near him. He said it’s a solid place, too.
And before you jump on it, my faithful readership, the “tripel” is actually correct. It’s a term in some countries to describe a strong pale ale. Kind of funny that it’s right below the “stong” pale.
Lastly, as I recently wrote about on the blog, I went to South Jersey in early October. While there, I ate out a few times. There was one place that was most excellent for breakfast.
So much so that I visited twice.
The first time, I sat at the counter and didn’t stare at the place mat much. The second time, I was at a table and got looking at things.
I then saw this…
I do hope that this is just a spelling error on the place mat and not on the actual logo… as that would be bad.
Because I would much rather “surround” myself with the best.
And these place mats usually charge money from these companies to be on there. Somebody would have to pick these things up, no? Sheesh.
So let’s go back to the initial photo. Did you find both errors?
One error was quick for me to pick up. The other I had to read it a few times before I realized the error.
The first, of course, is that “too” is misspelled as “to” in the line of the lyrics that start “Cause there’s…”
The second error is that the lyrics are wrong! Not major errors in a situation like this, but the lyrics are not what the song is. First — in that same line where “too” is misspelled, the end says “I got…” It should be “I’ve got…” In the line below it, it says: “Cause I’m free as a bird now…” It should say: “Cause I’m as free as a bird now…”
Subtle, yes. But man, if you are going to bury a loved one and have some Skynyrd rocking the headstone, get it right. And if this is the work of the headstone engraver, get it fixed or get a new headstone made (on them, of course!)
That just shows that nothing is sacred when it comes to not proof reading.
So did you get it all right?
I’m sure down the line, I’ll make errors like this. We’re human and it’s part of who we are. There’s no perfection. But on a blog or something along those lines, you can correct and move on.
With some of these other things, not so much without having a lot of costs.
The moral of the story? If you are paying good money for something that you will use time and time again — or for eternity — have it looked at a few times to try and pick up these errors.
And for all of you out there — if you come across these wonderful misspellings? Shoot me a note or an e-mail as I’d love to see them. And maybe feature them in another installment of a post like this down the line.
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