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Username Post: Marketing bad grammar and misspellings        (Topic#1584951)
Bxr-Linda
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In conjunction with the Grammar Gurus thread, I thought it may be fun to do this.

What misspelling, bad grammar, or made up words do you notice in advertising and marketing?
Being a word nerd, these bother me.



Such as:

Toys R Us ("are" as a backwards R)
Babies R Us (same issue)
pointed out by Henri Jean

Februany (Subway's promotion--just dumb)



 
Bxr-Linda
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Of course, my ever favorite.

Cricut


 
KimKV
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  • KimKV on 02-07-13 12:18 PM
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Rocktober (our local radio station does that)



 
Shutterbugg
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Living in Atlanta I get so tired of hearing people refer to Atlanta as HOTLANTA.

It is often used in the summer because people "think" it is hot here.

From the Urban Dictionary:
A common nickname for Atlanta popularized thoughout the United States and abroad for over two decades by the marketing efforts of the Atlanta Convention Bureau and various trade and tourist organizations.

The "Hot" in "Hotlanta" refers to the many wonderful things to do in Atlanta, especially the sexy nightlife Atlanta is famous for.

It has absolutely nothing to do with the weather and Nobody that actually lives in Atlanta says this. Ever.


 
laceyKat
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I have to agree with you, Linda, on the Subway Februany.

Okay... tho I am a Red Hatter... I have to say I find the following a bit corny. The convention we are having in May is called "The Funvention".


 
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My absolute favourite is Schindler's Lifts. Makes me chuckle every time. Oh they are elevator manufacturers, by the way. And not bad grammar or anything, just a pun. OK moving on....

We have Scaffs-R-Us, a scaffolding company.

There used to be a card challenge blog called A Spoonfull of Sugar which used to drive me up the pole every time I saw it.

And what about that trend of replacing the "s" at the end of words with a "z"? What's that all about, and please can someone tell them not to? Unless you're 11, it's not big and it's not clever.

I have a whole bunch of photos of stores in Singapore with mangled English names. Most of them are rude though so I won't post them.

There's a shoe shop in our high street called SoleLutions. Does that count? It's just a pun.


 
Bxr-Linda
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I like clever puns and play on words.

The coffee shop called: The Human Bean
Hair salon: A Cut Above



There was a pet shop here called Pets are People Too.
I HATED that. Pets can be companions or your best friend, but they are NOT (and NEVER will be), PEOPLE!!!




 
Bxr-Linda
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Ooooh... forgot Krispy Kreme



 
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Downy Unstopables


A blogger who agrees:
http://www.jillcataldo.com/node/18788


 
NMlady
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Cheez-Its crackers and anything that spells cheese that way. Also the words Quik, Pik and Rite.


 
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How about when a red hatter turns 50 - the party is called a Reduation. I was a red hatter for a lot of years and worked with Sue Ellen's group to plan the big even in Savannah a few years back but not much time for it anymore.

Retired last year from the Georgia Red Hat Jubilee Council because I just didn't have time to work on committees to plan these big events anymore.

I think Alabama red hatters have their unvention. There are dozens of words like that used for red hat events.

Are you going to the convention in Atlana? I've thought about it, may stop and say hello to friends but probably won't be an attendee.


 
Luvmyfam
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  • NMlady Said:
Cheez-Its crackers and anything that spells cheese that way. Also the words Quik, Pik and Rite.



This stuff drives me nutty. NUTTY. For the most part, though, I love a clever play-on-words title.


 
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  • stick on 02-07-13 07:49 PM
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  • Bxr-Linda Said:
Downy Unstopables





I had to google this because it tweaked my brain so much ... and now I wish I'd never heard of it, lol.


 
KimKV
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  • KimKV on 02-08-13 04:49 AM
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How about craptastic, though I am guilty of using it!!

Anyone remember Taco Bells Fourthmeal?


 
Fargomutt
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"The same difference"
My hubby uses this all the time - it drives me crazy!!!


 
RedSquirrel
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  • Fargomutt Said:
"The same difference"
My hubby uses this all the time - it drives me crazy!!!


What's wrong with that?


 
Bxr-Linda
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  • stick Said:
  • Bxr-Linda Said:
Downy Unstopables





I had to google this because it tweaked my brain so much ... and now I wish I'd never heard of it, lol.




I know!

Besides the fact that I don't like my laundry to SMELL, I would NEVER buy that product (because of the spelling).



 
RedSquirrel
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  • Bxr-Linda Said:
Downy Unstopables
A blogger who agrees:
http://www.jillcataldo.com/node/18788



Ouch. Ouch.


 
laceyKat
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That was a good read! TFS!!


 
PDRNC
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  • PDRNC on 02-08-13 01:07 PM
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  • Bxr-Linda Said:
  • stick Said:
  • Bxr-Linda Said:
Downy Unstopables





I had to google this because it tweaked my brain so much ... and now I wish I'd never heard of it, lol.




I know!

Besides the fact that I don't like my laundry to SMELL, I would NEVER buy that product (because of the spelling).





When this product first came out, I sent an e-mail to the company. I may have copied/pasted their response in the Grammar Gurus thread. Their reasoning was pitiful.


 
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