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Food Friday: Food Misspellings? 
7th-Mar-2008 06:35 pm
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ybunny is off to visit his brother for the weekend. I feel like I have the start of tonsillitis coming on, so I'm going to barricade myself in the house until Sunday morning. Hopefully, mainlining vitamin C will ward this off.

I walked past the Chicken Hut on Union St. today.

I don't usually walk past there, and when I do, I don't usually notice the place, since I'm not an eater of chicken.

However, something caught my eye:

Chicken Hut
Now serving
our
new recepy
chicken


This got me to thinking.

Perhaps it's my time served with the graphic designers while working in marketing, but it seems to me that it isn't that hard to find the spell check button when putting something up for public consumption.

Now, you might say...but Jyll! You've made spelling errors in your blog!

Yes, but I'm not trying to sell you anything. :)

There's a time and a place for spelling errors (as I noted previously, it sometimes shows that the food might be of greater importance than the marketing), however, I'll give you a little illustration to make my point.

Next time you find yourself reading a tabloid in the US/a gossip mag in the UK, check and see if there are any spelling errors.

Amazing how there isn't.

These publications know that they aren't particularly credible to the average person. To include spelling errors would drop them below bother. (I'm not sure its true, but I was told that it is more likely that you'll find a spelling error in the Washington Post than the National Inquirer. Hmm.)

It's the same with fast food. The quality of the food is low, so the marketing has to be pretty darn good.

But, then again...maybe the Chicken Hut is just really that good...

Now, back to that vitamin C.
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7th-Mar-2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
This really seems to be Funny Signs on The Internet Day.
7th-Mar-2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
May I refer you to a previous post? "I was delighted to see that the first item on the menu was misspelled."

But yes, we used to wonder why every fast food menu had a bunch of spelling mistakes in it - if you're spending money getting them printed, you'd have thought you'd ask someone to check it over.
7th-Mar-2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
I refer you to above. :)
as I noted previously, it sometimes shows that the food might be of greater importance than the marketing

But, yes...I'm of two minds on this. Heh.
7th-Mar-2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
is it a spelling error when I constantly read about celebs "loosing" weight?

7th-Mar-2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe it doesn't apply in the UK. I've not checked closely here...
8th-Mar-2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
I'd say it does apply here mostly. There is likely to be far more chance of ludicrous errors in the Guardian than the Sun. In fact in the 80s and 90s the Guardian was known as the Grudian for this very reason....
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7th-Mar-2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Good to know. :)
7th-Mar-2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Even if they can't spell in general, "recipe" is a word that should be on the list for all new hires to learn how to spell, considering their line of business.
7th-Mar-2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
You'd think. :)
7th-Mar-2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
If a restaurant can't spell a basic word like that correctly I would always wonder what it's standards were like elsewhere and certainly avoid! Nothing should go out for public consumption with mistakes like this!
10th-Mar-2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
some spelling errors can be so hilarious and also so embarassing. i just think as soon as something is sent out to someone, put on a poster or whatever - double and triple check it! i just don't get it how so many errors can be around...
same goes for emails at work. sometimes i really, really wonder...
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