Slice of Life Story Challenge March 2- My Word, That’s Absurd!
I noticed a sign in a fruit shop in Williamstown ( a Melbourne suburb) the other day. My eye was drawn to it immediately. I have the practiced eye of the spelling pedant. It comes from immersing myself in a lifetime career, awash with words. On a large sign, prominently displayed for maximum attention was the word, 'MANDARINES.' The extra E in the word mandarin screamed, ‘Look at me, flouting convention!’
It would have been no more noticeable, if accompanied by a flashing red light.
All I did was take a photo for posterity. I did not feel compelled to notify anyone of the need for Eradication of the out of place letter.
I did hear a story however, regarding two retired teachers who regularly met for coffee in different cafes. In their handbags they carried sticks of chalk, in order to correct spelling errors that they found on menu boards. Is this an urban myth? Not sure, but it certainly sounds plausible. The spelling police working undercover maybe…