As a general rule, I don’t mock examples of bad spelling.
It’s not that I wouldn’t take pleasure in it. There are some pretty funny miscues out there. Problem is, I’m always one slip of the keyboard and a sloppy editing job away from major typos myself.
And there’s no shortage of self-appointed Spelling Society of Canada members to jump on these mistakes while wondering in sneering fashion why spell-check wasn’t used.
That’s why I avoid the aforementioned mocking like the playg. I mean, plague.
Still, every now and then I see a mistake that’s a bit jarring. Usually, it’s on a sign where the lettering is big and can’t easily be changed.
Such was the case this weekend when traveling along Glendale towards The Pen. I espied a sign warning of a road closure on Glen Morris Dr. between Towering Heights and Addeliene.
Oh, you mean Adelene.
St. Catherines, make that St. Catharines, should be ashamed!
I’ve mentioned this before to no avail. And I’m sure this follow-up lament will mean nothing. But venting can be good therapy.
On Sunday mornings, I have occasion to drive north on Vansickle Rd. to Fourth Ave. as I make my way to the YMCA for a not necessarily vigorous workout.
We’re talking 8 a.m. here. There is nary a soul on this wide stretch of road with commercial/industrial properties to the east and vacant land to the west. There are mostly unobstructed sight lines.
Yet, quite frequently there is a Niagara Regional Police cruiser parked behind a hedge at this time, trolling for motorists who may quite harmlessly and unintentionally be exceeding the speed limit along the deserted road.
Stop the madness and ridiculous padding of speeding statistics!
That’s enough. I’ve got to check my spelling now.