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  • Your worst spelling effort

     Graze updated 13 years, 5 months ago 28 Members · 50 Posts
  • Phil Grundy

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Hi every one, come on give us your worst spelling effort, i will kick it off with a store directory belter. MEANSWEAR on 10 boards.

  • Derek Heron

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    developements on 4 vans ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    Derek

  • Harry Cleary

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Mushooms on the side of a 40ft handpainted curtainsider ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Andy Gorman

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Flourescent on our own stand at SignUK. Honestly the first time I had ever used the word, that’s my excuse. The only spelling mistake I have ever done.

  • John Singh

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    William the Conquerer
    Hand Painted three times with outlines and shadows on a pub fascia
    I’ve mastered the correct spelling now so I’ve conquered it

    Sattelite TV hand painted with outlines and shadow on the side of a pub

    Harry’s excuse is that he didn’t have mush room for the ‘r’

  • Harry Cleary

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 4:02 pm
    quote John Singh:

    Harry’s excuse is that he didn’t have mush room for the ‘r’

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ never thought of that one! Problem was it was handpainted on a scroll on PVC tarp….oh the grief! Thank God it’s a distant memory

  • David Rogers

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    ‘Developmemt’

    About 10 years ago on a stainless steel plaque for a fancy opening. I was ‘Q.A.’ so the engraver typed it wrong, he checked his proofs, I checked the proof, then passed the final. Customer passed it…but a guest noticed it. Whoopsie!

    From that day on, I’ve checked the LETTERS not just the words!

    Other than that it’s pretty rare a mistake hits the customer, ‘oblogation’ did about 5 years ago as part of a window graphic was another that made it past me, and the customer checking the drafts…eagle-eyed passerby did though.

    Dave

  • Gert du Preez

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    "Munucipal" ….on a 600 x 400 engraved brass sign, discovered 4 hrs before HE the President of the Republic of Namibia was to open the new "Municipal Water Treatment Plant." Fortunately the entire top brass of government and the bulk of the cabinet are semi-literate at best, so I was the only one to notice…..

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    just take any one of my posts on the boards ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Peter Normington

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Contsruction,

    On the side of 3 vans, took 3months before anyone pointed it out ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    Peter

  • Richard

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    CONSVERATORIES has always been one of my favoritesโ€ฆ closely followed by EXHIHIBITION

  • Roy Roffey

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    RECEPTION ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    as posted in the gallery ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Joe McNamara

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    "TUMA MAYO & SWEETCORN" on a menu board inside a posh cafe a few weeks ago.

    Put the boards up, and the owners smarmy sons says "the signs are really nice but it’s a shame about the spelling error…"

    Yeah right I thought – heard that gag a million times – Then I looked up at the board.

    Ah F e c k !!!!

    Cheers
    Joe

  • John Childs

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Seven years ago, when the new century, and the associated computer bug, was on everyone’s mind, my favourite was "millenium".

    I took great pleasure in advising lots of very large companies and agencies that the most important part of a millennium strategy was to learn how to spell it.

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  • John Singh

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 10:52 pm
    quote John Childs:

    Seven years ago, when the new century, and the associated computer bug, was on everyone’s mind, my favourite was “millenium”.

    I took great pleasure in advising lots of very large companies and agencies that the most important part of a millennium strategy was to learn how to spell it.

    ๐Ÿ˜€

    I know what you mean John: It would take a thousand years to get it through to them

  • John Childs

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 10:59 pm
    quote John Singh:

    It would take a thousand years to get it through to them

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    April 26, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    We put 5 signs up at a theme park here. 3 signs said ABSOLUTELY NO TUBES ON THIS RIDE – and a list of rules and conditions of entry. 2 Signs said TUBES OK on this ride. Problem was we put them exactly where we were told, in concrete. No one paid any attention to what was actually on the sign

    3 months later, and american lodged a legal claim that the theme park was a safety hazard. It was only then that it was noticed that one of the NO TUBE signs were actually put in front of the only tube rides in the park. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Proof to me that no one reads theme park signs anyway…

    At the same park we had the sign ‘No Responsability Taken ….. That sign was up for 5 years before an american school teacher bought it to someones attention. Its still there after 9 years. They reckon if it took 5 years to see error, then it can stay there ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Andy Gorman

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Blimey, fancy having a Yank correcting your spelling! They make their spelling up as they go along. Color, for example. That isn’t a real word.

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 3:29 am
    quote Andy Gorman:

    Blimey, fancy having a Yank correcting your spelling!

    :lol1: :lol1: ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Michael Potter

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 7:03 am

    WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO POST THE ERRORS
    I haven’t noticed one yet.
    I find even when I spell it right the longer I look at it the more wrong it looks
    Mike

  • Phil Grundy

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 7:49 am

    Shane, that’s a belta …

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 7:51 am
    quote michael potter:

    WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO POST THE ERRORS
    I haven’t noticed one yet.
    I find even when I spell it right the longer I look at it the more wrong it looks
    Mike

    Mike, I’ve not told you my worse mistakes yet ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • George Elsmore

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 7:55 am

    FASCIA and FACIA 2 correct spellings but does one know the difference hmmmm ๐Ÿ™„

  • Michael Potter

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Shane you mean worse than having the Americans correct the spelling.
    You poor poor child. I will take steps to book you in for a Lifeline chat
    your good friend MIke

  • Marcella Ross

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 7:57 am

    I was doing a job a few years back for Pearce for a new Spa in Edinburgh. Anyway I took all my drawings up to them to go over them before I went on to cut the vinyls. They looked at them all and said, great, just go ahead.
    Then , thankfully, their production manager noticed I’d put
    CHANGING ARSES instead of CHANGING AREAS………………
    would have been funnier if it had gone unnoticed until after it was installed in the Sheraton :lol1:

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 8:02 am
    quote michael potter:

    Shane you mean worse than having the Americans correct the spelling.

    much worse unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • George Elsmore

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 8:03 am

    not just spelling either!!!! had 8 vans to do once and as the customer did not have his new business number i put on the design TEL: 01785 000000 for aesthetic purposes on the design when i received the number off the customer i forgot to tweak said telephone number and the rest is obvious ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™„

  • Marcella Ross

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 8:05 am
    quote George Elsmore:

    not just spelling either!!!! had 8 vans to do once and as the customer did not have his new business number i put on the design TEL: 01785 000000 for aesthetic purposes on the design when i received the number off the customer i forgot to tweak said telephone number and the rest is obvious ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™„

    ha ha!!!! I’ve been and done that before too …………. but fortunately noticed after it was cut but before it was on the van.

  • George Elsmore

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 8:10 am

    starting to think of a few things now but will shut my gob ๐Ÿ˜• :lol1:

  • John Childs

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 8:22 am

    Come on George. Spit it out.

    You’ll feel much better when you’ve got it off your chest. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • George Elsmore

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 8:25 am

    ok took on a job to do this van for some dude recently and blow me the lads only put the graphics on upside down but i think we may have got away with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • John Childs

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 8:33 am
    quote George Elsmore:

    ok took on a job to do this van for some dude recently and blow me the lads only put the graphics on upside down but i think we may have got away with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    OK. I asked for that! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Warren Beard

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Customer supplied copy and I simply copied it, only noticed wrong spelling after I had ordered the pamphlets so could only correct it on the menu board. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    little clue: ones sweet and ones dry and hot with lots of sand :lol1:


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  • Mercury Tom

    Member
    April 27, 2007 at 10:34 am

    VEHCILE…..

    on 4000 business cards!! :headbang2:

    School boy error!!

    Good job they cut them all 3mm off centre in all directions.. they re-made them luckily with the correct spelling after i confessed!!

  • John Harding

    Member
    April 28, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Stationary – indicating the area for pens and pencils – even spell checked it ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    John

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    April 28, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    John, thats the same mistake I made ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    My spelling is really quite bad and I don’t trust it at all, I always use the spell checker for everything I do just to be on the safe side, doesn’t help in cases where you have got the spelling right but just used the wrong meaning of the word though.

  • Jim McManus

    Member
    April 29, 2007 at 8:42 am

    Well,
    I have been guilty of most of the above, but the best one was not so much a spelling mistake. I’ve done a quick layout of a sign I did to be fitted at a friends newly refurbished pub. The sign was in three sections in a panatrim frame. Well, luckily I was standing talking to the customer whilst the fitters were sliding the boards into place. First one, no probs, then they missed out the middle and slotted the third one in. – I wish I had my camera with me to capture the result! Couldn’t have been planned any better.


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  • Marcella Ross

    Member
    April 29, 2007 at 8:54 am

    ha ha ha ha ……………….!!!!!!!! Brilliant!

  • Colin Hibbitt

    Member
    April 29, 2007 at 10:26 am

    dinhy instead of dinghy on 3000 labels
    and most recent one dianostic on 1000 cards

    were only human

  • Harry Cleary

    Member
    April 29, 2007 at 10:29 am
    quote Jim McManus:

    Well,
    I have been guilty of most of the above, but the best one was not so much a spelling mistake. I’ve done a quick layout of a sign I did to be fitted at a friends newly refurbished pub. The sign was in three sections in a panatrim frame. Well, luckily I was standing talking to the customer whilst the fitters were sliding the boards into place. First one, no probs, then they missed out the middle and slotted the third one in. – I wish I had my camera with me to capture the result! Couldn’t have been planned any better.

    That’s a classic Jim ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ think how much work ‘fate’ had to do to get that to happen…….brilliant!!!

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    April 29, 2007 at 11:42 am

    I did a really posh motel in the really expensive part of town last year.

    They wanted Gaming Lounge hanging from the roof, over the entrance.

    I did all the artwork, they rejected the fonts style, I did more artwork, they rejected the colour choice, I did a third example and they loved it.

    Went back to the office, sent them a full colour proof and asked them to sign it, before I would proceed.

    They sent back the signature with really nice words about the effort I’d put in, praised my professionalism etc. I was really chuffed.

    When I printed it, and laminated it, and laid it on dibond, my customers that saw it being done, all gave their seal of approval.

    I turned up to the motel, and the big brass was there doing an inspection with the local management.

    I stood on a ladder, they gave me directions… up to the left… down to the right.

    When I’d finished, they patted me on the back, the big brass promised me more work… everyone (12 people) shook my hand, asked for business cards…. I was really happy as I’d been trying to get in to this motel chain for some time.

    I left with everyone very happy, smiles all around.

    I’d been gone 10 minutes and I get a call on my mobile.

    The manager says ‘you @#$%# idiot, how do you spell ‘Gaming’? I thought he was having me on, I said how do you think you spell gaming? He said ‘with an ‘n’!. I said what are you on about?

    He said ‘you can forget being paid for this job… you’ve spelt it Gamimg Room!!!.

    I was so embarrassed, but he was really embarassed when I asked him to check the proof that he signed. He realised that it was spelt the same way on the proof… I said your mistake, but I’ll fix it of course..

    He called me all the names under the sun, questioned my heritage and all. I said I wouldn’t fix it until he agreed to pay me.. which he did.

    What really upset him, was that while all 12 were patting each other on the back, this unemployed printer came up and said ‘Sign look fantastic.. but what does Gamimg mean?

    I still chuckle about that even now. Unfortunately I never got any more work from them since ๐Ÿ™ I can’t imagine why ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Simon Duggan

    Member
    May 1, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    I sent 150 signs for an exhibition in Munich and put refridgeration on at least 26 of them. It was on cheap card so couldn’t be peeled off and I have no idea how they managed over there

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    May 1, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Jim, the old ones are still the best :lol1:

    Just reading back through some of the mistakes made and I have also done the same thing George did with the telephone number, only on one van though so not quite as bad as Georges, funny thing was that the customer was driving about like it for almost a week without noticing, it was one of his neighbors who spotted it and asked when he had changed his telephone number. Don’t know how many times he got in and out of the van during that time but the number was on the door so he must have seen it every time he got in.

  • Jim McManus

    Member
    May 1, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Martin,
    I’m sure you have driven past the minto lounge in Lochgelly. Next time you do, check the joins and you’ll see what I mean. Like I say, couldn’t have been planned that way.

  • Andrew Boyle

    Member
    May 1, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    The Elderlie Hotel on a courtesy coach

    it’s the Elderslie,,,, ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Marcella Ross

    Member
    May 1, 2007 at 7:37 pm
    quote Andrew Boyle:

    The Elderlie Hotel on a courtesy coach

    ๐Ÿ˜€

    …………… hope it wasn’t picking up OAP’s

  • David Rowland

    Member
    May 1, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    There is actually one on our website in a photo that is a direction sign that we have not yet removed, but I cant advertise that here

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    May 7, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    lol, i’ve had a couple,

    a van was driving around for over a year with appointments not neccessary

    a sign on the pier, whislt instead of whilst, it’s still there !!

    i had to write ‘gardener’ in reverse on the bonnet of a transit, we looked at it for a while, but three of us couldn’t quite work out what wasn’t right, i sat in my car and looked in the mirror, all was then clear "Garderner" needless to say it was changed immediately !

  • Graze

    Member
    May 8, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    My best …and only howler,

    Picadilly ( I only put one ‘C’)…3 times on the front of the Trocodero Centre in good old Piccadilly Circus. It was supposed to be a temp job for 6 months or so until the new neon one turned up. It took 4 months for someone to notice it and by that time it had been replaced by the new sign. It looked so good I took a pic of it. I still have it in my portfolio!

    …..hand painted and everything…..looked fab….apart from the obvious of course.

  • Graze

    Member
    May 8, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    ….just found it, maybe 1989??


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