2010-06-14

This Doesn't Look Good

I know I'm not the best proof reader in the world.

I know my blog posts are often rife with typos, and poor grammar.

But then, I'm not getting paid for this. I don't have a copy editor. This isn't my job. There's no money on the line.

Unlike these jokers:

Worlds-Money-Exchange I saw this sign on the L as I was heading to the airport to see Cora last time. And it seriously pissed me off. Sorry it's so grainy. I had to use my CrapBerry camera, so I have reproduced the text below.


Foreign Currency, Foreign Checks,
Foreign Money Orders, Foreign
Travelers Checks, Foreign
Wire Transfers, etc.

Okay, I get that you want to have the words form a triangle, but Lord Almighty, word wrap properly. Without reordering the lines, or playing with font sizes or letter spacing, you can do this:

Foreign Currency, Foreign Checks,
Foreign Money Orders,
Foreign Travelers Checks,
Foreign Wire Transfers, etc.

I think that is a bit cleaner and clearer.


Euros, Canadian Dollars, Swiss Francs,
England Pounds, Japanese Yen, Australian
Dollars, Mexican Pesos, Denmark, Norway, &
Swedish Kroners, Hong Kong Dollars,
Chinese Yuan, South Africa Rand & Many More

This one gave me HIVES! Seriously? I'm not going to get into the fact that in Sweden, they are 'kronor' not 'kroner', but we use something close to the proper names, with the country ADVERB in the name? And 'England Pounds'

Euros, Canadian Dollars, Swiss Francs,
British Pounds, Japanese Yen, Australian
Dollars, Mexican Pesos, Danish, Norwegian, &
Swedish Kroners, Hong Kong Dollars,
Chinese Yuan, South African Rand & Many More



Listen people, when you take your sign to the printers, please have someone with a passing knowledge of the English language proofread your text.

AND THEN LISTEN TO THEIR ADVICE!

6 comments:

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Well if they had someone English speaking proof read their text, they may have to give em some of their foreign currency.

They obviously don't want to part with any of that.

Cora said...

And you know they spent a good two weeks hi-fiving themselves over that idea to turn the S into a $, don't you? Oooooooh, genius.

World'$ Money Exchange: They write goodly.

SkylersDad said...

Looks like something you would find on engrish.com!

Shana said...

I remember waiting for my nephew at the pizza place where he worked. I was reading the NEW sign and in the 5 minutes I was there, I found 26 grammar, puncuation, spelling and spacing mistakes. I was only half way through the sign when I gave up. Dumb

JenJen said...

Damn...who pissed in your wheaties today?

Scope said...

Candy - They better part with their foreign currency, because with ads like that, they aren't earning any America Dollars.

Cora - Why not ad a 'K'? 'World'$ Monkey Exchange'. Now that's an idea to get excited about.


SkylersDad - I am unfamiliar with the site. But now I have to go look.

Shana - I once saw an interview with a guy who went around correcting other people's signs with paint and Sharpies. Most of the owners weren't all that happy.

JenJen - Actually, that picture has been on my cell for a couple of weeks. I just needed some blog material. And of, how I like me a good rant sometimes.