150 Times People Spotted Hilariously-Incorrect Usage Of English And Just Had To Share

How many “c’s” and “m’s” in “accommodate?” Is there a “c” in “acquire?” While it might seem obvious when written out in front of you, English spelling can make fools of the best of us, but most people will probably overlook a misspelled word in a text. But that mistake becomes ever so magnified when you are driving around and see it displayed in, say, a shop window. 

The “English Language Police” Facebook page gathers word crimes and grammatical mistakes people have spotted in the wild. So scroll down and enjoy the funniest examples here, upvote your favorites, and be sure to let us know what common language mistakes are your number one pet peeve.

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#1 That Was After The Honeymoon

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#2 Please, Turn Water Into Wine

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#3 So Many People To Send Them To

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Native speakers (and writers) of English all have their own struggle words. Some people can’t stand the doubling of a specific letter, like aggression versus agression. In other cases, people think there is a second letter where there actually is none, for example, imitate versus immitate. More often than not, this is a result of English not being a phonetic language. 

Many writing systems attempt to just jot down the sounds that a particular word consists of. As logical as this sounds, many languages skip this part, English being one of them. Partially, the French can be blamed, as a lot of constructions in modern English have old French (and Norman) origins, due to William the Conqueror, well, conquering England in 1066. 

#4 You Expect The Guy To Open The Store While Being Circumcised?

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#5 Well That Is One Way To Prevent Theft

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#6 Okay Then

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To counter this, English orthographer Christopher Upward designed something called cut spelling. The basic idea was to “cut” redundant and silent letters, which would “help” save 8–15% of space when printing written texts and, potentially, reduce the number of spelling mistakes that we all run into regularly. It never really took off because who wants to go through the hassle of remaking the entire spelling system of a language?

#7 Oh My

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#8 Free Bill Posters

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#9 I Hadn’t Realized It Was Banned

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As English is spoken around the globe by over 1.5 billion people as a first or second language, it makes sense that large, sweeping changes might not be that realistic to implement. It’s also a language without a “central” authority, with different spelling, pronunciation, and slang depending on where one is. Researchers call this a pluricentric language, meaning that different strains develop and intermix without one being regarded as the “official” variant. 

#10 Can You Eat Non-Customers At The Tables? Asking For A Friend

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#11 Where Is Elon When You Need Him?

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#12 Good Advice

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The result is that most variants of English are mutually intelligible, though there are always many anecdotes about thick accents from one English-speaking country or another. It also has a global reach, both due to colonial history and mass media. These days, English can be referred to as a true “lingua franca,” as it is often used when both parties don’t share a common language. 

#13 Listening To “Water Music” Will Never Be The Same Again

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#14 Yummy

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#15 No, Thanks

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Attempts to make a “neutral” global means of communication have led to the creation of “Globish,” a somewhat uninspiring name for a language. The idea, created by Jean-Paul Nerrière, was to have something that was not tied down by the cultural weight of English and also incorporate elements from other languages around the world. Nevertheless, its largest “lender” of words was still English (around 1500 words) and it has not really taken off at the moment.

#16 Unique Eligibility Criteria

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#17 Two Lies And A Grammar Gaffe. What An Ad

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#18 Pretty Intimidating If You Ask Me

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English is so predominant that some scholars believe it might lead to premature language death. As it is tied up with employment, research, and a lot of popular media, English remains one of the top choices for people to learn, at the cost of acquiring a different language. The unfortunate result is that it introduces alien words and idioms into languages where they don’t belong, supplanting the more unique original structures. 

#19 Very Witty Indeed

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#20 Hope Agian Shows Up

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#21 I Don’t Know If I Can Stay Awake For 5 Days… Anymore

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#22 I’ve Read This Five Different Ways. Each Giving A New And More Disturbing Meaning To It

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#23 Aldi Australia Is Selling This Stool

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#24 Shucks, Wouldn’t You Know It, We’re On Vacation And Only Have Our Holiday Maid With Us

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#25 With The Price Of Gas These Days, He’s Not Wrong

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#26 The Whole Planet? Seems Kinda Harsh

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#27 Uh, Oh

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#28 Oof

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#29 Is It Airfryable?

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#30 “Trespiss-Sewers” Like Connoisseurs? Or Is That Three Spas Yours?

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#31 Misogynists (Somewhere In Canada)

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#32 A Sticky Situation To Be In

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#33 Seems Awfully Cheap

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#34 I Think I Need Some Help With This One

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#35 Dognuts? Hmmm

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#36 Build A $1.2 Billion Cruise Ship And Save A Few Dollars By Failing To Proofread Signage For 75+ Plaques. Priceless

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#37 I Wonder If They Choose Or If You Have To Self-Identify

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#38 How Can You Fill Both Sides Of An Aisle With One Niche Product Category?

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#39 Ronnie Must Work Here

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#40 Me In Real Life

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#41 This Sign

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#42 Issue That Domestic Cats Are Usually Much Smaller Than The Weight Limit Noted Here

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#43 Saying “You Are A Cancer” Isn’t Much Better

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#44 But How Many Fake Ones?

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#45 I Wonder How That School Does In National Spelling

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#46 Ah, I Can Take My Time Here. I Love To Indulge In Long Baths

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#47 It’s Truly Amazing, The Progress They’ve Made In Transplants

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#48 I Hope Someone Was Fired Over This, Or Smacked Across The Knuckles With A Ruler. Honk Jesus, Honk If You Save, If You Love Jesus

Jesus, Jesus says to sliders drugs say to no yes. Say sliders say no to drugs to yes.

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#49 What Language Is This?

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#50 Watch Your Back, Jesus

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#51 The Four Apostrophe’s’ Of The Apocalypseses’s’

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#52 Tasty

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#53 In Other Words, Anyone Who Is Between 1-20 Or 22+ Cannot Purchase Or Consume Here

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#54 A Good Bit Of Yorkshire

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#55 Found This Gem In Rural Tennessee

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#56 Probably A Rerun

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#57 Doors Can Suffer From Significant Separation Anxiety

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#58 Sounds Great. I Get To Park Here And Eat For Free. What A Country

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#59 Stay Get Yay

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#60 Clever Crafter’s Fail

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#61 Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

#62 Does Anyone Else Feel Peevish About This Post?

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#63 That Only Complicates The Problem

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#64 Let’s Face It: Ice Cream Is Importanter. Also Deliciouser

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#65 Those Poor Guests

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#66 On A Walk In Spring Hill, I Encountered This Gem. I Felt Slightly Dumber For Having Read It

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#67 100% Of The Whole Mouth, Is This Redundant? Granted It’s Early And I Haven’t Had My Coffee Yet And Have A Slight Headache But Still

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#68 Oh Really, Then Why Do Mine Seem To Not Care And Just Getting Out Bed I Need To Warm Up And Stretch For Fear I’m Going To Pull A Big One

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#69 Presumably, These Grow In Bushes?

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#70 I Encountered This Fascinating Euphemism For The First Time On Our Recent Road Trip To The US. Has Anyone Else Ever Heard This Expression?

It has the quaint, bygone sound of something carried over from the Victorian period

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#71 I Came Across This Sign Today And Still Can’t Quite Understand What They Are Saying. Any Ideas? Do They Want Tourists? Are The Bears Eating Tourists?

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#72 Didn’t Know Tattoos Were Mobile Otherwise They Can Be Welded On?

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#73 Buried Fiber Optic Cable GF

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#74 Inconvenience Indeed

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#75 Judges Do Have The Power Over You

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#76 Sadly, They Paid Dollar’s For That Sign

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#77 Spotted In A Store Window. Apparently Their Merchandise Includes Children? Is That Even Legal?

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#78 What Fresh Hell Is This?

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#79 I Was Heading To Buy More Hayfever Tablets… Until An Ad Suggested That Not Taking Any Would Be Better

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#80 Let’s Hope The Burger Is Ok

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#81 Not The Festive Spirit I Was Expecting From Woolworths

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#82 Penmanship Is So Important

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#83 I Am Wondering Whether The Attendant Has Had Too Many Alcoholic Beverages

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#84 That’s An Awfully Long-Winded Way Of Saying “Puzzle”

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#85 I Wonder If Gerogia Is Near Georgia?

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#86 This Company In Australia Couldn’t Decide Which Spelling Of Barbecue To Use So It’s Covering All Bases

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#87 Ouch

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#88 A Very Effective Mnemonic

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#89 Where Am I Supposed To Park My Chipotle?

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#90 When You Want To Vent, You Know Who To Call

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#91 “To Bad” Must Be On The “Highway To Hell”

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#92 Possible Uses Of A Monocular

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#93 Do What Now?

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#94 Proofreading Fail. Cutains?

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#95 Why Are Racists So Bad At English?

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#96 That Arrangement Works

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#97 Found This Sign At A Local Shopping Center. I Guess If You Park And Go Shopping, They Will Tow Your Car. We Decided To Shop Elsewhere

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#98 I Spotted This Sign This Morning In Walgreens As I Was Struggling To Pick Up My Daughter’s Pain Medication

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#99 Seen In Chennai (Erstwhile Madras)

The notice says in Tamil that there are job opportunities for ladies with expertise in operating photocopying machines. It’s the English translation that’s intriguing.

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#100 So Nice Of Them To Send Kids To Do Our Sewing And First Aid At The Airbnb Unit

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#101 When Sad Metropolitan Copywriters Try To Write Geordie

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#102 Just Noticing This After Using This For Two Years. A Simple Typo, But Still

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#103 Presumably, The Exit Is An “Outerance”

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#104 Sitting At A Stoplight I Spotted This. It Took Me A Minute To Understand What They Were Advertising, But I Decided Against Eating The Chicken

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#105 Damn Autocorrect

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#106 You Probably Think This Sign Is About You

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#107 I Always Thought That All Clocks Were Time Clocks. By The Look Of The Merchandise, I Guess I Was Wrong

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#108 I Want To See A Floopervisor. There Is No Reason I Can’t Have My Poofs

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#109 Lay Eggs?

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#110 A Beautiful Display At The Checkout Counter In A Portland Maine Restaurant

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#111 Yo, Adrian (Proper Use Of Comma)

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#112 Ecuador Ice Cream Shop

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#113 So Close

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#114 Well The Words Appear To Be English But The Manner In Which They Are Assembled Is Incomprehensible

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#115 He Parked So Close That He Knocked Off An O

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#116 I Take Delight In Garbled English On Clothing, As I Assume People Who Can Read Chinese Do At Tattoos Sported By People Who Can Not

I have a load of photos to share if there’s interest in them, let me know, but here’s the one I love best, beyond absurdity: keep calm and love bulldog. What were they thinking?

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#117 “Construction High Noise”

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#118 My Favorite Christmas Coffee Cup

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#119 Sign Spotted At A TJ Maxx In Florida Today. How Does One Tow A Span Of Time?

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#120 Lost In Translation

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#121 So What Do You Do?

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#122 CBS Needs A Better Spellchecker

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#123 A Comma And An Apostrophe Would Have Really Helped Here

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#124 Just Saw In Miami

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#125 Segregation Is Still A Thing In The Midlands

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#126 This Sign Caught My Eye Today And My Immediate Thought Was “Wow, Are They Making Smart (I.e. Automated) Shoes Now?”

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#127 This Sign

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#128 What Do They Quote?

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#129 This Happens To Me A Lot

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#130 Paper Toilets Sound Like A Really Bad Idea

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#131 That Doesn’t Sound Very Tasty

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#132 Spelling Class Starts At 8

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#133 This Doesn’t Look Right To Me

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#134 I Would Have Rotated The Letter R 90°

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#135 Driving Through Hope, AZ

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#136 I Stumbled Upon This Claim Yesterday, For Some Reason I Cannot Quite Define. Can Something Actually Be Designed To Be Authentic? Isn’t That Contradictory?

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#137 Sigh

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#138 Just Found This On My Door. Not Interested In Whatever It Is. I Do Want To Know If One Can Prequalify For Something That Is Active

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#139 From CNN To Local News Shows, There Are Always Typos Like These. Spell Check Doesn’t Fix Everything

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#140 That’s None Of Your Business

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#141 Finally, A Radio Station The Whole Fanily Can Listen To Together

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#142 My Goose Is Not Silly

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#143 Where You At?

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#144 5 Star Auto Sales

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#145 The Grammar Is Bad Enough, But The Roaming Chess Gangs Scare Me

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#146 This Is The Inner Label Of My Two Good Yogurt This Morning. I Can’t Decide Whether They Did It On Purpose To Make A Point About No Judgment Or If It Was An Editing Error

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#147 I Three What You Did There

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#148 Ice Creams? Am I Missing Something?

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#149 I Was In An Office Building Today And Saw This. It Made Me Think: Doesn’t “Uni” Mean One? Would The Sign Be More Accurate To Say “Multi” Or Something?

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#150 Thick & Durable

“Durable” implies something that will sustain continuous and/or lengthy use. Aluminum foil is typically only used once. In this case, I used it to line a sheet pan for oven bacon, and after the bacon was done, I threw the foil away. I would think a better word than “durable” would be “strong”.

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