The “best” of bad signage

Words matter. That’s this week’s theme, in honor of Words Matter Week.

Usually I devote the first and third Wednesday to bad signage: examples of signs, flyers, and advertisements containing humorous grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

But because this is Words Matter Week, I’m going to treat you to ten of my favorites from the past year or so. In no particular order, here are the top candidates for the Bad Signage Award. I hope you’ll cast your vote in the comments section!

1. A flower grows in Brooklyn

2. Spelling suop

3. Apostrophes made to order

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4. A true professional

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5. The poster child of bad signage

6. This sign should be unortherized

7. Cheedear, anyone?

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8. How to slip and fall

9. Risky business

10. Is your child perpared?

When we see mistakes like these, we’re doubly conscious of the way words matter. What a difference correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation make. They really can affect the way people interpret the written word.

Which one gets your vote? Leave a comment below!


  • Posted March 3, 2010


    My vote goes to 2. Spelling suop

  • Posted March 3, 2010

    JoJo Tabares

    How could you possibly choose?

    I think I’ll have some suop and think’ it over while I’m perparing my ortherized opinion. I hope I’ll not be in hydranger of carefully slipping on the cheedear cheese. ;D

  • Posted March 3, 2010


    Thanks for stopping by, ladies (and for the extra chuckle, JoJo!).

  • Posted March 3, 2010

    JoJo Tabares

    Did you know it’s Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday today? Phone someone and use lots of words that matter! lol

  • Posted March 3, 2010


    I have to say #4 or #10. Whenever professionals advertise their services by showing they are not professionals, they should be recognized.

  • Posted March 3, 2010


    Monica: Your comment made me laugh. I hope we’ve duly recognized ’em!

  • Posted March 5, 2010

    Pat VanderBeek

    #8 is my first choice and #4 is my second choice. It was hard to choose because they all made me laugh.

  • Posted March 5, 2010


    I know, Pat. I had a hard time narrowing down to my ten favorites!

  • Posted March 9, 2010


    I am torn between # 8 and #10.

  • Posted March 9, 2010


    Those are among my faves too, K-Sue.

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