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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

They're Out There And They Voted: Making America Say "Huh?" Again

Imagine me having to drive past this in all its Bountiful Sad Wrongness at least one hundred times a year.


Heavy Sigh.

I. Know.

Just an FYI--this sign has been there for years and years and years in this teensy rural town where everyone knows everyone and the only restaurant is an ice cream stand.  Unless you count the Fried Chiken.

31 comments:

  1. OMG I would have to go another way, this would make me so frazzled!

    A craptastic housing development was recently completed in our neighborhood, and the numbering on the houses is out of order, as in 2204, 2202, 2206, 2208, etc. I cannot walk on that block or I get an anxiety attack ...

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    1. Bridget--Let me tell you; I have had to develop a terrific sense of Tolerance and Good Humour to deal with this. It's the best route--by far the easiest and most direct--or else I'd be taking a different route only to escape this sign.

      I'm very intrigued by the odd numbering of homes in that neighbourhood. Did they get to choose? Were homes built on suddenly-split lots? I wonder.

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  2. I might have to (somehow) get to that sign and make corrections in RED...or call and ask what a chiken is...and what the heck is lotlo...

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    1. Fred chiken no doubt

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    2. Vera--Rick and I pronounce it with a long I--Ch/ eye/ ken. My next mission is to simply go inside and ask about the sign and its errors. Plainly and simply. I have to practice first, however, in order to get the Tone right. I don't want to sound Judgy or Incredulous or Miffed or Outright Crazy.

      Not sure I can do it.

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  3. As the young ones say, I can't even. Although they probably don't say that anymore.

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    1. Rose--I know, right? (They probably have stopped saying that, too, but as usual, I don't give a shit. Sadly, my profanity has escalated lately. I'm working on that.)

      I remember reading an article recently about that colloquialism 'I can't even'. It was here, in Slate. The saying was something I never really caught on to using, but I didn't have a problem with it. And when it comes to this sign, it is apt.

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    2. My swearing has gotten way out of hand but I don't see it stopping any time soon, I follow Bored Teachers on Twitter (an oxymoron if there ever was one) and saw this: "On a regular school day, I whisper What the F*ck to myself at least 30 times. (Ok, sometimes it comes out a little louder than a whisper.)". I have sent that to at least ten people, I love it so much!

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  4. Ooh - this sign has it all! Unnecessary quotation marks, multiple misspellings... It's fabulous! Sigh.

    Just today I was doing some online training for work & noticed that the writer had used the wrong form of there/their/they're. It was so jarring that I can't remember what point they were trying to make. And THEN I went onto a county court website and & they had used "then" instead of "than."

    Can't even is about right.

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    1. The Bug--Isn't it magnificent in its ignorance? It's almost as if a Nonnative Speaker created it, but I can almost guarantee you that in that locale, the most exotic thing is my little Prius zipping back and forth once a week during Lake Season. They don't even have a Chinese takeout place within a 30-mile radius.

      Like you, I'm noticing errors on more and more Official/Professional Sites. It's disheartening. This is the Thin Part Of The Wedge--the increase of the Dumbing Down Of America. We are a dying breed; I know it.

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  5. Is it wrong on purpose? I mean, it got your attention, so maybe... hopefully... it's intentional. [I'm being optimistic here.]

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    1. Ally Bean--Oh, the odds of that would be zero to none, I think. Not likely in this hamlet. They wouldn't need to use an attention-grabbing device. They are the only market in town.

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  6. If I passed that while I was behind the wheel, I would probably end up in the ditch.

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    1. Mary G--You know, it drives me crazy every single time. It's JUST THERE. And keeps BEING THERE. I cannot get over it.

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    2. Zen breathing? Leaping out of the car with an indelible ink stick? Sunglasses with side pieces? Prozac?
      It has not been a good day, between the Trumpet being himself and an interview with a teacher from one of our First Nation reserves who made at least three horrible breaks in grammar in about six sentences. I am considering hot chocolate and Jane Austin as antidotes.

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  7. I need signs like that. They give me something to rant about other than the lack of common courtesy most display as they're driving. Road rage is real and can be experienced by passengers as well as the driver.

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    1. Denise Fortney--Oh, I rarely truly Rage as I drive. I get more cases of Road Miff than anything else. Mainly because of poky drivers on the same route that this sign is on. Now, when it comes to city driving, that's when I get grumpy about things like sudden lane changes, no turn signals, people sitting at green lights with apparently No Plan/Nowhere To Be, and overall Parking Lot Idiocy.

      Since retirement, I do more driving, and I try very hard to Maintain My Zen whilst doing so. It isn't always easy, so my sympathies are with you.

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  8. Oh heavens. I think I'd be in danger of crashing my car.

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    1. Toni--Hi, and welcome to the Dept. It is jarring, isn't it? I have to tell you--for the longest time, the only spelling error I saw was "chiken." The stupid quotation marks were almost a given, but "chiken" would get me going at least a couple times a month and so much so that I wouldn't even bother reading further. I mean, what were the odds that there were MORE GLARING ERRORS AFTER THAT?

      Duh.

      Imagine my Profound Outrage And Dismay. And yes, it is Ongoing.

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  9. Excruciating in so many ways. Sidebar: I am always amused at the use of the word "fresh" in advertising. Does anyone ever want "stale" ? And, yeah, I get the intent. But maybe "cooked to order" ? Or, for these folks, "coked" to order.

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    1. Ortizzle--Oh, I know. It's like a throwaway term, really. Your descriptor is much better (especially if properly spelled).

      As for "excruciating"--at times, yes. Lately, absolutely. It is symptomatic at present of the Level Of Idiocy in my country. Or, at the very least, the Level Of Laziness or Complacency. I am beside myself with a mixture of despair and despondency.

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    2. Gee thanks! I HAD to go look, and I had missed the last creative spelling.

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  10. This is "THE NANCY REPORT"
    Enjoy the best quality comments & observations
    I LOVE FRIED CHIKEN
    I always drink ice cold beer and wine
    while smoking my CIGRARETTES and playing LOTLO.
    If I win the LOTLO I will buy more beer,wine and chiken.
    It don't get much beter then that...

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    1. Nancy--Always great to see you here. Aren't you in Sunny FLA right now?

      I would advise against any ice cold wine--it suppresses the flavour and the nose (the wine's, not yours). But, you do what you love best. LOL.

      (I owe you an email; I know.)

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  11. No, I am still here making fried chiken! I leave for Naples on February 4th unless I win the Lotlo,in witch case I will go to Florrida erly, like Feburary 3rd......

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  12. Good grief! Everyone should know there is no "e" in the word. It's "chikin."

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    1. NCmountainwoman--Wouldn't there be two K's then?

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  13. Not according to the Richards Company who developed the ad campaign for Chick-fil-A. Only one K.

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    1. NCmountainwoman--Oops. I missed the reference. (They're not a big presence here in NEO, and they run little to no advertising.) One K it is for their cow campaign.

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    2. I would never buy chikin from them because of their discrimination against minorities and gays. But they are extremely popular here.

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    3. NCmountainwoman--Same here. I'm glad for their limited market penetration here for that reason.

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