Thursday, September 3, 2009


Starting this Sunday there will be a new, occasional series of posts appearing on these pages.

Written by my Gramma Dumpstercrumpet these posts will be pictures of signs that should have been corrected, news articles that should have been edited and assorted other grammar high crimes and misdemeanors.

Gramma always refers to items such as these as Things That Make Me [Sic]. I am confident you will see why.

Gramma was in cahoots (what a great word!) with our cat Zero quite often, although it is difficult to say who learned more from whom.

Just one quick example -

Mass. city misspells 'offcial' to catch bag cheats


GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- No, managers with Gloucester's Public Works Department aren't idiots. They're just trying to catch cheats. When the Massachusetts city unveiled its new $2 purple trash bags that all residents must use when disposing of household waste, the word 'official' was deliberately spelled 'offcial.'

Recycling coordinator Kathy Middleton tells The Gloucester Daily Times the intentional misspelling is supposed to make it easier to catch people who try to counterfeit bags. Middleton says counterfeiting has been a problem in the past.

John Craig, regional manager for WasteZero, (And, yes, I am offended by that name) the company that makes the bags, says he has never before had a community request a deliberate misspelling.

Middleton says the next batch of bags the city orders will be correct.

What seems more likely? That someone would go to the trouble of counterfeiting trash bags--but only one batch of them? Or that someone in a government office misspelled official? I'm going to go with the latter--though I admire the butt-covering efforts. We misspell so people don't counterfeit! Because everyone knows counterfeiters are well known for their love of grammar and dictionaries.

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