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Nickhere BS: World's best grammatical howlers (91* d) BS: World's best grammatical howlers 17 Feb 09

Just following over from the other thread on grammar, I thought it might be interesting to start one on the funniest grammatical or spelling howlers you've come across. Maybe this thread has been done before under different names, but grammatical errors will always be with us so there are bound to be a few new ones.

Here are a few from real life / my own experience to get the ball rolling:

A neon sign in a hostel window: "Vacancy's"

(Vacancy's 'what'?)

On a cafe menu: "Sirlion steak"

(Poor Sir Lion - he might disagree with being eaten like that)

A sign next to a gate at a zoo: "No predestrians through gate"

(Personally, I don't believe in predestrianation myself)

Big sign over a fitness centre: "Women's only gym"

(Poor women - it must get fairly crowded in there, what with only one gym for women in the whole wide world!)

A sign in a pub while renovations were being carried out: "Sorry for the inconvience"

(That's ok, as long as inconvience stays in the corner and doesn't bother us, we'll leave it alone)

There was a sign in a shop in an e-mail a friend sent to me that really highlighted the need for a good grounding in grammar and spelling. Sadly I can't upload the photo here but some of you may have comes across it. It read -

"cock - £1
Diat cock - £1.10"

Despite the pound sign I don't think the sign was in an English shop, I believe there are a few other countries using teh same sign.

I'm quite surprised though these days where I find grammatical errors - I've even spotted one in a very popular national magazine about geography, which I previously thought to be the industry standard when it came to grammar and spelling.

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