Monday, November 24, 2008

MISSPELLING MONDAY for November 24, 2008 (2 of 2)


It's another edition of MISSPELLING MONDAY... This time around, I present to you not just an example of craptacular spelling, but also awful spacing, a horrendous made-up word, and strange apostrophizing...all thrown together in a bright, colorful, trippy package. This one comes from my former co-worker, MATT, who says:

Spotted in a dollar store over the weekend. Looks to be a set of interlocking number-and-letter tiles, which a toddler could use to spell simple words like 'cat', or 'mom', or 'shell out for some damn Lincoln Logs, you cheapskate'. Apparently the tiles are also 'neuristic as creative toys', as well as rich in variety. (What variety? Featuring all 26 letters and 10 digits? Does that count as variety?) But the real tragedy of the Speeln'L-earn New is that I can't even crack on the irony of its being a toy to teach spelling - it's too obvious. Any joke would be lame. Yes, bad grammar is so pervasive it has actually managed to kill irony...

Parents, may I suggest that you avoid buying this crazy toy for your children this holiday season?

Thanks to MATT for spotting this gem!

4 comments:

EVula said...

Okay, so "non-standard" spelling for product names I'm actually fine with; it's not proper, no, but the argument can be made that, as a concept, a product name is separate from the dictionary-accessible words they are named after.

But this... I can't figure out what the base phrase is supposed to be. "Spelling will earn"?

Oh, and a moment of silence for Irony. Beloved friend, constant companion.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I'm usually OK with cutesy, non-standard spelling for product names and such, too...unless they're just really awful, like this one. :) I mean, really--on the box for a spelling-related game, how about using decent spelling and grammar? I'm not even asking for perfect here. Just, you know, decent. Sigh.

Ha! Loved the moment of silence for Irony, by the way.

DAVE said...

This is probably one of the most awesome things I have ever seen haha Speeln'L-earn. I wonder if this valuable educational tool is utilized at Kumon Kids HAHA

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha...the Kumon Kids places always make me giggle. Especially because their logo incorporates a not-quite-smiley, not-quite-frowny face. It's like the face of a child who hears "Kumon" and is kinda confused, too young to understand why everyone else thinks that name is so funny...