Monday, January 11, 2010

MISSPELLING MONDAY for January 11, 2010


This is quite a bizarre misspelling. If you turned that "u" upside down, the word would be spelled correctly. But seriously, who the hell writes this sort of thing on a mug, looks at it, and goes, "Yep, that looks just fine"?

Note to mug-maker: If the goal was to have a non-retarded-looking mug, then no, you did not meet your deadline.

7 comments:

Rob said...

The "u" would actually have to be rotated rather than just flipped due to the position of the serif on the "n." Yes, I admit that I'm a nitpick, but I am seeking help. ;)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Yes--you're exactly right! And don't worry, Rob, you're among nitpicky friends at Red Pen, Inc. ;)

Winona said...

I have a dyslexic friend, and the mistake she makes most often when typing emails is switching "n" and "u" - so, I think I understand where the mistake came from, but still - shouldn't someone else be proofreading this?!?!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Y'know, I was wondering if that error was at all related to dyslexia. I agree, you'd think they'd have somebody else check over this stuff if they have a dyslexic person creating the text on products. (Actually, a second set of eyes should ALWAYS look over this sort of stuff, whether there's a dyslexic employee there or not!)

Wayne said...

I think you missed the point on this one dear. The "mistake" you are pointing out is the punchline. It is supposed to be like that, showing a typesetter's error that will cause the finished product to go out looking retarded because its up against a deadline, or miss the deadline to fix the error.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

That's entirely possible, but I find it unlikely--the reason why I think that isn't the case is because I spotted this mug at Marshall's, which is a store that sells products that are often less than perfect in quality. My theory is that this is an actual error, not a really clever joke. Clever jokes have a much less likely chance of ending up on shelves at Marshall's than error-plagued products do.

Wayne said...

I guess you are right. The mistake is why it ended up on the shelf at Marshall's. I did a Google image search and found a ton of these same mugs, but without the error. I still like my explanation, though, and would prefer the one with the error over the one without.