Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Misspelled Business Names
Does this bother anybody else? Here comes another pet peeve: I can't stand it when businesses purposely spell their business incorrectly! Ah, it makes my skin crawl...
I think my biggest issue is that, in the classroom, I see students misspelling these words, and it's probably because their exposure to it has taught them that it is the correct way to spell it. If it's advertised on TV, billboards, and other advertisements, it has to be correct, right?
I know businesses are trying to be witty, but it's just cheesy and it creates bad habits. It irks me the most when businesses focused on children spell the words wrong (Kidz, Skool, Toys R Us). Using letters as words also irks me. Again, that teaches younger kids that letters can replace words, just like their online lingo does. I won't even get off on that, but online lingo is used way too often on classroom assignments in the English classroom.
Also, I can't stand when businesses flip letters backwards to indicate that a child spelled it wrong. a backwards K in "skool" or R in "learn." Again, it's tacky and it reinforces the wrong idea when this generation of students are struggling with grammar because it is lacking more in the classroom and ever before and online lingo has taken over their dominant vocabulary.
Using Zs as Ss is also silly. It's not really cool unless you're in middle school. After that, it's just pre-adolescent.
List of Irksome Misspelled Businesses:
Toys R Us
Steak N Shake
Hot N Now
Pick Up Stix
Just to name a few.
Can you think of any more? Is this bothersome to anyone else?