This shirt has been sent to me from several people, including readers Melissa, Ariana and Ryan.
I was in disbelief when I first saw it. I still am, to a degree. How could this American Eagle shirt ever have been sold? How did it even get through quality assurance?
Take a look:
Love the one your with.
Allow me to repeat:
LOVE THE ONE YOUR WITH!!!!!!
This one actually made me upset. Is this the direction in which we’re trending? Should we expect to see more and more shirts like these in the future?
I hope not, but I wouldn’t be surpised.
American Eagle, you really should have known better. I can’t imagine how many mistakes were made at so many levels within the company for this shirt to have been put on shelves and sold.
If you have the money to do so, now is a GREAT time to travel. Rates are so low due to the economy, and you won’t believe the travel deals you can find. My friends and I just booked our third trip to Vegas and we’re staying at the five-star Palazzo, the Venetian’s upscale sister resort, for a ridiculously low rate.
In fact, some hotels are actually giving away tons of freebies, from meals to show tickets.
But nobody takes the cake like this Days Inn sent to me by reader Laura:
HBO. CNN. Spouse. It’s ALLLLLLLL free!
I have received so many emails over the past few days, most of them with submissions. You guys are hilarious.
This one comes courtesy of reader Eli, who found it on this site:
I bet Ann’s also sorry she’s selling so much Barq’s Root Beer. With her incontinent customers, that can’t lead to anything good!
Last night, my friend Andy sent me a picture of the cake that his parents picked up for his grandparents’ anniversary:
The cake decorator asked his mother how to spell anniversary.
She spelled it out, but he got it wrong. He corrected it, as you can see by the smudged frosting in the middle, but forgot about the rogue I.
Still, though, this isn’t as funny as the greatest cake error of all time.
And don’t forget the error-covered birthday cake that my friends from work got for me this year!
I received this submission from reader Joanna:
Do you accept submissions? If so, please accept mine. Note not only the obvious “Your” but also the mysterious lowercaseness of the lone pronoun. Oh, how I wished I had a Sharpie in my pocket, but at least I had my trusty camera phone.
This sign amuses me on two different levels. First of all, there’s the obvious error.
But beyond that…what does a fish eating a worm have to do with walking and/or driving across a property?!
Odd. (It does remind me of a sign my sister and I begged our parents to get for the backyard. It had an angry cartoon fish on it yelling, “Hey! Who peed in the pool?” We thought it was hilarious. They wouldn’t oblige.)
For the record, I always love submissions — so send them in!
Also, I’m off to Vegas this weekend. I’ll be back on Tuesday, which is sure to be a wonderful, wonderful day here in America!
I received this recent submission from reader Elizabeth. She and her husband went to Alabama for a wedding and encountered the following sign in a restaurant:
The best part? This message, with this exact wording, was reprinted verbatim on placards on each table.
Thanks, Elizabeth — I live for signs like these!
The following image is courtesy of my former boss, Paula, who was in the North End of Boston the other day and saw two incredible signs:
Which is also listed as Thacher St.
How can people do that?! Look at that! The signs are RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER!
Check out these boots:
Cute, huh? I’d wear them.
Well, that was until I saw what they were called.
Let’s back up a bit…
It’s called the YOURSOCUTE.
Perhaps it doesn’t matter. After all, this is just Nine West — people only pay attention to the names of designer shoes.
But seriously…who signed off on this? That’s what I’d like to know.
I already won’t wear Jessica Simpson shoes because I can’t stand her or her creepy father (most of her shoes are ugly, too, but there are occasional cute pairs). I think that the name of these boots is an even better reason not to wear them.
I bring this gem today courtesy of The Modern Gal (very good blog!). Thanks, MG!
My friend Ian sent me this picture of his friend:
He got it at the Gap.
Ian’s friend thought that the grammar on this shirt was correct; he vehemently disagreed.
Well, I think you know what I think, and I think I know what you think. And I definitely know you know what I think you know.
But do you think that this shirt is an example of tongue-in-cheek humor? I’m not so sure…
Thanks, Ian. Check out his blog.
I just pried myself away from CNN, CNN.com, Huffington Post, Politico, MSNBC, Newsweek, Stumper, Boston.com, NYTimes.com, WSJ.com, LATimes.com and the Ticker (with Barack Obama selecting Joe Biden as his running mate, it’s been one of those days) long enough to actually blog something.
What a great day!
Reader Ian just sent me the most amazing picture documenting this event:
Obama Taps Biden.
I bet he tapped that.
The complete Olympics post will be posted tomorrow — strangely, pictures are showing up on my home and work computers, but apparently nowhere else.
I received this hilarious picture from reader Brian, via Universal Hub.
But what is so scary about what lurks behind the sign?
Is it a man-eating squid? A giant squid that eats men?
Or is it a man eating squid? A huge fat guy shoving forkfuls of calamari into his mouth?
Either scenario is pretty frightening.
And some say that hyphens don’t matter!
I received a great submission from reader Sarah. Check this out:
(I’m assuming that she changed the license plate.)
I’m sure this is an incident that makes all of us grammarians smile. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing someone being a bit of an ass, then making such a grievous error.
It’s great ammunition, I find. You probably won’t call the person out on it (not unless you get into some kind of screaming match and release it in a fit of anger), but you can keep it in the back of your mind, just in case.
It makes you smile.
It makes me smile.
Have you ever called someone out on his or her grammar skills while in the middle of an argument? I’m not sure that I have, but it definitely HAS been done to me. But that is another post for another time.
I was thrilled to receive a beautiful example of grammar vandalism from reader Jean Marie.
Check this out:
Location: College Station, Texas
I would say to insert your Texas stereotype here, but even I know that’s not the whole truth. I’ve been to Texas (and had an absolutely AWESOME time there last year!) and got to see a part of the state that is completely different from what most people believe Texas to be.
Still, though, these signs could say that everything is bigger in Texas — in this case, the signs are more erroneous, the errors more egregious.
Jean Marie didn’t let that stand in her way.
Keep fighting the good fight!
Thanks, Jean Marie.
If you’re one of my Boston readers, you may have heard the Boston Herald’s report that more sexual assaults occur on the Red Line than any other branch of the MBTA. (As someone who rides the Red Line approximately 200 minutes each week, I was somewhat bemused.)
The best thing, reader Adam pointed out to me, is the lead of the story. Check it out:
Now, when (Adam and) I picture this, what comes to mind is a creepy man flinging himself onto a train and having his way with it vigorously.
I bet the train doesn’t call him the next day.
Observant reader Ryan noticed this incredible sign:
Again, another sign that is the epitome of grammar insanity!
Which error irks you the most? For me, it’s the calamity that is “Fixe’s.”