When I was young, the sci-fi vision of people of the future invariably featured strange humanoids, either on earth on other planets, with white, bulbous and bald heads to accommodate their colossal brains. Now firmly in the future and following this year’s release of both A Level and GCSE results showing the usual increase in grades (over the last 30 years there has been a relentless upward trend) I cannot help but wonder where are these new super beings?
It is also interesting to note that the current English language exam at GCSE apparently does not require correct spelling, punctuation or grammar. Could this be one of the reasons behind the many crimes against the English language now seen in everyday signs? (mostly collected around Stockport in the last 12 months)
Let’s begin with a grocers shop with an identity crisis about its location:
Then a butcher’s van with a similar difficulty about local suburbs:
Seen on the side of a van, a talking head:
Who is to blame? What do the signrighters actually think ? Can they spell? Does anyone dare point out these errors? We continue with one of my favourites, proudly attributing ownership of meat to some unknown for many years:
And just to show that it isn’t just the smaller businesses, a big four supermarket should have more reasons to spell , even in Italian:
Co-op Travel boast they can help plan every last detail , as long as that does not include how to spell the suggested destination:
But then it could be worse, a DIY favourite :
If you managed an off-licence or wine shop, you might imagine you could at least spell the main things you sell (or perhaps not):
But let’s not waist time on education
…a final thought from across the pond.