Monday, April 27, 2009

MISSPELLING MONDAY for April 27, 2009


The folks who run the pool that my friend FAITH visited when she stayed at the Howard Johnson in Lancaster, PA, are very much into the whole safety thing...but apparently not so much into the whole spelling thing, as evidenced by their reference to the life "perservor." Sigh.

I also like how they specified that you're not allowed to be "disconnecting/hanging on rope." I'm guessing that they don't want people hanging on the ropes that separate lanes in the pool. And had they said ropes (plural!), that would have been the first thing I thought of when I first saw the sign. But since they said rope (singular!), the first thing I thought of was of someone hanging themselves with a rope over the pool. Gruesome, I know, but it's Monday, and I have to go back to work, so of course I'm thinking gruesome thoughts since I'm kind of not in a cheerful mood, ever, on Monday mornings.

Thanks, FAITH, for catching this funny misspelling!

10 comments:

Bridgete said...

Also, by putting "no lifeguard" as part of the list like that, it looks more like something else you're not allowed to do. Usually these signs say something like, "caution: no lifeguard on duty" at the top and then they have the list of things you shouldn't do BECAUSE there's no lifeguard.

By the way, if you're curious, those ropes are called lane lines. I only know because I used to work at a pool. =)

tobwot said...

It's not even 'preservor' - it's 'perservor'.

I think perservoring must be when you keep trying to spell correctly in the face of insurmountable odds.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: Haha, yeah, you're absolutely right! So this hotel wants the guests to not do the lifeguard...man, Hump Day must not be a whole lot of fun around there... :)

Thanks--I never knew what those ropes were called! That makes sense. :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Tobwot: Holy crap, you're right! They can't spell, but *I* can't read. Or maybe my brain was trying to tune out exactly HOW bad this misspelling was...

Love your definition of "perservoring," by the way! :)

LadyStyx said...

No doing the lifeguard? Well damned if Im gonna stay in THAT hotel!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: That hotel is NO FUN AT ALL. Sigh.

Faith said...

LOL @ perservor definition. It fits very well. I laughed about this sign for a few days.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I'm glad I didn't personally visit this hotel; if I was trying to swim and I spotted this sign in the process, I'd probably have snorted a lot of pool water up my nose and choked on it during a massive giggle fit. :)

ChicagoLady said...

I have seen some pools that have a rope to separate the shallow end from the deep end of the pool. Typically they would be found in non-lap pools, which is what I would think you'd find at a HoJo.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ahhh, that makes sense. :) Perhaps that's what that rope was for...