Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bangin' my head on a brick wall of bad signage...



Hmmm, looks like whoever wrote this sign forgot to add "NO SPELLING STUFF CORRECTLY" and "NO PHRASING THINGS UN-AWKWARDLY."  Those are two rules we can pretty much guarantee are being followed around here...

Also, what the hell are "heelys"?  Are these actual things, and should I actually know what they are?  Enlighten me, please...

Thanks to JOHN B., who is super-awesome (and I swear I'm not just saying that because I'm dating him), for spotting this sign!

9 comments:

mama grammarphile said...

They are sneakers with wheels in the heels of the soles that allow you to either walk or roll where you would like to go. Definitely intended for the young and coordinated. They are a trip to the ER for the rest of us. lol

Love you.

John Z said...

Heelys are these very stupid things that attach onto shoes and turn them into roller skates. One small wheel that can retract when you want to walk and emerge if you want to "skate".

Lucus Keppel said...

"Heely's" are shoes that have wheels in the heels - it sounds like they're just trying to be specific. However, the awkward apostrophe is still quite accurate - I might have been tempted to spell it "Heelies" (think, wheelies) to make the semantic link more clear.

But I'm not a distraught sign maker, so... :-)

PhoenixGrl said...

Heelys are a thing - a very popular thing among the preteen crowd. (And the brand does use that spelling.) They're sneakers with a wheel that pops out of the bottom of the back of the shoe. Kids run and then instead of skidding (think socks-on-tile), they roll on that back wheel. They're odd, and somewhat dangerous, but were very popular a few years ago - I haven't seen them as much lately. Their website: http://www.heelys.com/

MarieC said...

I'm banging' my head on a brick wall over this sign, too. Yikes. Heelys are real, by the way. They are kids' sneakers that have a small wheel in the heel of the shoe. http://www.heelys.com/

Stacey said...

I believe "heelies" refer to those shoes with wheels in the heel.

Papa Bear said...

Heelys or are the shoes with the wheel in the heel that you see kids rolling around the stores on.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Well, y'all have confirmed it for me: I'm just not cool enough--or, more likely, coordinated enough--to have known what the hell "Heelys" are. But now I know--thank you for explaining it! :) (And for those of you who think it should be "Heelies" instead of "Heelys" or (eek!) "Heely's," that's how I think the pluralization sounds/looks best, too!)

Terribly Write said...

"Heelys" is the name of the shoe and the name of the manufacturer of the shoe (Heelys, Inc.), so it's definitely not "Heelies" or "Heely's."