Useage in Maine

I often say that I’ve hit a new low.  Here’s a new kind of low:

I took a picture in a bathroom stall.

On an impromptu trip to the fantastic Maine Diner in Wells, Maine (home to the world’s best seafood chowder), I found a major spelling error.


It is never useage — it’s always spelled usage.

There’s also no period after sparingly — and the fact that there’s a period after toilet makes it all the more obvious.

This is the kind of sign that is sold in stores.  I wonder how many people have bought a sign like this!

Also, I hate to do it on so weird a post, but I’d love to wish a happy birthday to faithful reader dlipkin!  I hope you have an awesome day!


7 responses to “Useage in Maine

  1. Boy am I thrilled to find your blog! Great stuff!

  2. Love the Maine Diner and have noticed that sign before. Sad…

  3. taking photos in a bathroom stall IS probably a new low. however, some of the most astonishingly bad english ends up in women’s toilet stalls. it’s usually a plea to put trash where it belongs, but there is so much of it and it is so varied and so bad that you could probably make a whole blog tag out of just the toilet stall sign postings in women’s restrooms around the country.

  4. So where’s the correction??? 😉

  5. Tracy, I had no Sharpie with me in the bathroom. I considered using gum, but I didn’t want to do that to the poor custodian who would have to clean it up!

    Seriously, for the Boston people, you should check out the diner. It took less than 90 minutes to get there from Reading.

  6. haha! Thanks, Kate. On the contrary, I don’t think there could have been a better post in which to wish me a happy birthday.

    Sorry I don’t comment so much any more. But have no fear: your place in the Google Reader is secure and respected.

    Until you stop blogging. Then it might get replaced. But until then! 🙂

  7. I looked at the picture first, and I thought your first problem was going to be the lack of a hyphen (or hyphens?). The way it reads, it sounds like a toilet that uses water and happens to be a bit close to the ground.

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