Tuesday, November 11, 2008

TO/TOO/TWO TUESDAY for November 11, 2008


This is one of the more fascinating homonym errors I've seen lately. This one comes to us from SHARON--she took this picture in Japan. It looks like the person wanted to say holiday, but instead typed holyday. The funny thing is, if this were some other holiday besides Halloween (like Easter, Christmas, etc), it would actually be a holy day and a holiday all at once!

Thanks, SHARON, for sending in this picture!

6 comments:

Dave said...

Seems like whoever wrote this sign was very fluent in the "Engrish" language...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Indeed! :)

Larciinas Arkres said...

This is one of these things that could be entirely accurate. All Saints' Day, the celebration used to, I believe, begin at sunset on the last day of October, meaning that the time we call Hallowe'en could indeed be called a Holy Day.

Of course, just because it could be accurate doesn't mean it is. I'd be astonished if the person who wrote this sign wasn't aiming to write 'holiday'.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Great comment, L.A.! I'd forgotten all about All Saints' Day until just now. (But you're right--I'm pretty sure this was an error and that the person really meant to write holiday!)

EVula said...

All the more hilarious because of the knee-jerk reaction to Halloween being such an "uholy" holiday by some people...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I know! The irony, right? :)