Sunday, December 27, 2009

Just 'cause it's a Facebook ad...

doesn't mean the advertiser shouldn't proof their words.

I'm curious as to how exactly the ADVENTISTS are neworking. That must have something to do with Scientology and aliens and Mork from Ork. Nanu Nanu! Shazbut!

And we should all be thankful you can try on fame before investing in all it's trappings.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


This is one of those "not a Spelling Disaster" things I have to stick on here just 'cause it's funny :) My daughter spotted this in the Oriental Trading Co catalog. Makes you wonder if they ever did reshoot the pic.

Monday, December 21, 2009

I Hope I Quality!!

Really. I do hope I quality!! I could use me some education. And Obama said I should get me some of that qualify education. At least a bunch of the ads on Facebook said Obama said that. And I have to believe the ads on Facebook because Obama said I have to.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

But That's How We Say It!

We were enjoying live music and a $1.95 pint of Brrr at Caruso's the other evening when this little menu caught my eye. Besides the random capitalization, the cheese choices for the garlic bread put a big smile on my face. :) I completely understand how one could misspell parmesan. Don't our schools teach kids now to sound out words and spell them like they sound? says it's pronounced pahr-muh-zahn. Some folks though pronounce it par-ma-sean... oh my... that's what the menu says! Parmasean!

I'm seeing a trend with Caruso's. First there was spagetti. Now there's parmasean. What's next??? Bred? Soop?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Appleway Disaster... Part II

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's true. Homestyle Frys are back at Arby's!! I'm so thankful they got rid of the unappealing Homestyle Fries for the infinitely more awesome Frys.

Arby's on Appleway in Coeur d'Alene is located just down the street from the U-Haul place advertising "Resevations". What is it with Appleway??? Megan, who spotted these disasters, suggests the road be renamed Spelling Disaster Way.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

SD Sympathies to the Families

There was a horrible accident on I-90 Tuesday night involving several vehicles and multiple families/individuals. The 16 year old daughter of the driver who initiated the accident died at the scene. Her friend who was traveling with the family passed away Wednesday. Two other members of another family who were hit head-on are listed in critical condition in other hospitals in the region. The Coeur d'Alene Press ran the story of the second fatality as the headliner in the "Local" section on Thursday. And they misspelled a key word in the headline.

Undoubtably the editors at The Press are feel awful about this mistake, but this highlights a fact of the printed word - there are no take-backs. As much I enjoy the laughter a Spelling Disaster can give the day, some spelling disasters shouldn't happen.

My thoughts go out to all the families, all the individuals who were affected by this horrible accident.

This is Giving Me Reservations

Not only do I love Spelling Disasters that land at my front door, I also love when someone finds a great SD and thinks of me. This disaster landed in my cell phone last night (which is kind of cool since my phone is closer to me than the front door!!) Megan spotted this sign at the U-Haul joint across from Lowe's on Appleway in Coeur d'Alene. She had no resevations in sending it off post haste! Thanks Megan!

At least they spelled "Guaranteed" right.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jacklin/Jaclyn... Tomato/Tomatoe

Oh Coeur d'Alene Press... How I love thee!! This Spelling Disaster appeared on the front page of today's paper. I see how easy it would be to misspell "Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center".  It's not like the Jacklin family is prominent in the area or anything. It's not like there's a little company called Jacklin Seed here or anything. It's not like "Jaclyn" is spelled that differently than "Jacklin". Heck, at least they spelled Christmas right.

I kind of wonder if this Ball is related at all to the elusive event advertised in this Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center flyer.

Woo! Hott Choocollate Cannister!

What a fortuitous day! We just happen to be out of hot cocoa mix and look what I found at the Grocery Outlet!! A whole CANNISTER of it! I can barely contain my excitemment. Really. It's barrely conntained. It's being houssed in a cannister. Those hold more excitemment ya know. An 'N' worth. What's an 'N' worth?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

More of a Spec Disaster

Hey Hot Rod Cafe! We love your "What's Happening" flyer that tells us about the daily specials: Margarita Monday, Fat Tuesday, Watermelon Wednesday, etc. but we are confused why the flyer features the designer's spec info - "Hot Rod spec-7 two-up-1 10-14-08". Looks like this version of the flyer was created on October 14, 2008 (my sister's birthday BTW). This version was also the 7th try. The management team at Hot Rod must've liked this one since they had it printed up. I hope they let the designer know and paid said designer accordingly. Although, this could be the designer's doing. After 7 specs, I can understand how the designer would be feeling a bit frustrated so was possibly so thrilled to have the sign-off that they forgot to remove the spec info when it went off to the printer.

Either way, it's not a Spelling Disaster.... but Spec Disaster is close enough!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Delivered To My Doorstep for 90th Post

What more could a blogger ask for than to have the object of their 90th post delivered right to their door!? And hung on the doorknob with a rubberband, too! The tears of joy were nearly streaming down my face. Nearly. They were competing with the Spelling Disaster Shudders I get when these examples of great literary writing are found.

I'm not sure what bugs me most about this door hanger/coupon/ad/flyer/thing. Is it the use of random punctuation? Maybe the miscellaneous tabs? The grammar and spelling goofs? You know, I think it's the whole kit-n-kaboodle! Wonder if Alisha would trade my grahpic desing skills for a couple personal trianer sessions.

Monday, November 30, 2009

I'll Have a Peice of That

There are certain obligations one has when posting to a blog such as this. I'm thankful my husband understands his obligation is humoring me when I scream "Oh My God!! Go back! Go back!" He tries to not grumble too loudly as he finds a safe place to flip a U-turn then figures out what in the dickens I'm so excited about (which, inevitably, isn't what he wants it to be) while locating a spot to stop the car where I won't get run over by traffic while I'm jumping out, camera in hand, to capture the next, great Spelling Disaster.

This peice of literary art is on the reader board at the Paul Bunyan's on Northwest Blvd in Coeur d'Alene.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

To Lasy to Speel Write

Hard work may pay off after time, but I'm not thinking lasiness pays off ever. Guess the creators of this sign were too lazy to check their spelling.

Thanks to Mary for catching this doozy!! And thanks for not being too lasy to send it my way :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Chrsitmas Debate

As with the great spagetti/spaghetti debate, we have to wonder if Christmas is misspelled often enough, does the misspelling become correct?

This gem I noticed a bit ago while wasting spending some time on Facebook.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Jacklin Peformance

HURRY!!! You better get your tickets immediatement so you don't miss the peformance!! And when you do, let me know what day you plan to be there.

I hope the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center uses some of the cash earned through this fundraiser to buy a spell check program. Oh, wait. Don't all computers come with a spell check program? Even if they don't, the power of proofing the copy to a couple people who didn't write or design the piece is always a good practice as is asking 5 important questions - Who? What? When? Where? Why?

Thanks again goes to Megan :) Your spelling disaster catching peformance shall be rewarded immediatement. I'll just have to figure out a day....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

.com Disaster

I was visiting the Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association's website today and thought I'd click through some of the links from the site. I absolutely LOVE that the link to the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce is WRONG still!! I dug around on my computer and found a screen capture from November 11, 2008... same problem. The CdA Chamber's site is a .com, not .org.

Maybe it wouldn't be a big deal if the Downtown Association wasn't a part of the Chamber. And they are located in the same building. Makes you wonder how few people must click on these links if it's been wrong for more than a year and it hasn't been fixed.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Help Us By Helping You

These well written signs were plastered all over a gas station restroom in Northern California. After our recent 7 state, 2,800 mile driving adventure, I can say these were by far the best of the best when it comes to bathroom signage. From the simple misspelling of the abbreviation for etcetera to the WTF "Please help us by helping you..." to the miscellaneous dingbats used - these signs are classic DISASTER!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Guranteed to Blow Your Mind

Oh you silly YoVille developers over at Zynga! There are so few words in the background scenes, yet you manage to misspell so often. This gem is in the YoVille YoDepot.

I have to wonder how these techno geeks manage to create programs that run when they can't spell words like "Guaranteed".

Friday, November 13, 2009

I will Suvive!!

Oh Coeur d'Alene Press, Coeur d'Alene Press, Coeur d'Alene Press...

What's up with this Spelling Disaste?? Did you un out of the lette R? Ae you saving you Rs until you eally, eally need them? That's okay, Coeu d'Alene Pess. We undestand. We will suvive this lette shotage.

Thanks to Megan and her eagle eyes!! She is a true suvivor!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

There's No Substitue For Good Fish

Thank you, Coeur d'Alene Press (a Hagadone Corporation company), for keeping this blog full of fabulous Spelling Disasters! This doozy though was most likely created by Blue541 (the design/marketing end of the Hagadone Corporation company) for The Floating Green Restaurant (a Hagadone Corporation company). Of course we realize that "The Corporation's" ginormous gaggle of Coeur d'Alene restaurants are receiving nearly free advertising space in The Press and the designers at Blue541 are probably commissioned on that paltry, if any, fee for said advertising space, but does that excuse two very obvious Spelling Disasters from appearing in the same ad? I'm going to go out on a limb here and say "No!"

Thank you ginormously to Megan who has the eyes of hawk!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Not My Duaghter's Jeans!

Sandra Kay's is a great little boutique on Sherman Ave in Downtown Coeur d'Alene. They always have fun and fabulous clothing, accessories and lingerie. Right now, they have an ad running in the Coeur d'Alene Press (created by the Press???) featuring a line of jeans called "Not Your Duaghter's Jeans". Oops... Not Your Daughter's Jeans! I want to try them on and see if they really fit my curves and find out if I feel better about myself and see if they're great and find out if they really are less expensive than a tummy tuck and I'll have to ask someone for an opinion to see if I really do look soooo good from the back. And I think I'll try to do that today. And... and... and...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Your're Not Going to Believe This

I was reading up on the Fred Meyer Rewards Program today (yes, I lead that exciting of a life) when this Spelling Disaster reared its's ugly head. I suppose if your're not sure if its's "your" or "you're" - just combine 'em! I think Im'm going start doing that from this day forward :)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Perfect for a Mouse House

Oh, Super 1 Foods... once again you amaze us with your offerings! What would one use Cheese Shingles for? A Mouse House maybe? I'm sticking with that. It sure beats the medical version of shingles which we don't want to picture associated with cheese. UGH!! Now I'm going to have visions of cheesy shingle virus....


Thanks to Leslee for spotting this Spelling Disaster!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Signs by Dan Quayle

Submitter Kerri writes:
    This fellow's mobile taco stand was up on Government Way for the past year and is now in a new location at the "Y" of 4th Street, in the parking lot of the former Subway just south of I-90. The owner is a hardworking guy, living the American immigrant's dream. He was so proud of the new sign he finally bought to replace the hand lettered signage he's had all along. I didn't have the heart to tell him that the sign maker should have used spellcheck on the word potato.

Well, Kerri, that's what happens when a taco stand owner chooses Dan Quayle's Sign Shop.

I think we need to bring a little Louis Armstrong into the mix here...

    You like potato and I like potahto, You like tomato and I like tomahto
    Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto, Let's call the whole thing off

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Oh Science Channel....

This is actually a bit of a touchy disaster. The common term today for Dmitri Titov's job is "coordinator". Yet the Science Channel shows him as a "Co-Ordinator". Google searches don't bring up any Co-Ordinator listings in the first 20 pages (I need a life!) but a search for "Ordinator" show this:

n. 1. One who ordains or establishes; a director.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.

Okay. So one could be a Co-Ordinator if one had a partner to share the responsibilities. Does that mean I can call Titov's title a Spelling Disaster for 2009? I did a Google search for "Dmitri Titov Co-Ordinator" and he is only referenced as the Venus Express Science Coordinator. I'm going to have to go off on a gaseous planet and say ... SPELLING DISASTER!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Who Reads Their Credit Card Statement?

I was checking recent credit card transactions online when I noticed a few spelling gaffs.
    TJMaxx got their "Coeur" wrong which for a large, national corporation can almost be expected but we still don't forgive them.

    The Couer Coeur d'Alene Press got the name of their business and town wrong. It is the Coeur d'Alene Press, therefore it is expected.

    Home Depot... ??? "Coeur d'Alenc"??? Middle finger, left hand. Up to the E or down to the C. Come on guys, Lowe's got it right!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Are They Drinking at the Spokesman?

We hang out at the Couer Coeur d'Alene Brewing Company on "occasion". In fact, we've sat under this plaque many, many times but never gave it a second glance until Kiki pointed out that it belongs on my blog. What a shock to see that a newspaper bigger than the Coeur d'Alene Press screwed up the spelling of a business name ON AN ENGRAVED PLAQUE! Oopsie...

I do love making fun of the mistakes in the newspapers, but they are dealing with thousands of words daily so I kind of have to cut them a little bit of slack. But AN ENGRAVED PLAQUE! Oh man. I wonder why the Spokesman Review hasn't offered to correct the plaque. Or if they ever even noticed.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wow Sears. May need to sit for this.

I'm trying to think of something extraordinarily snarky to say, but Joe says it best:

"worst xmas promo ever..."

I kind of want to join the Chr-sit-mas club. Do you earn beanbag time? Maybe extremely cushy sofa time? Recliner time? Wait... Wait... Wait!!! I know!!! Hardwood rocker time!!!! YES! That's it! Hardwood rocker with Santa time... oh yeah! That's it!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Where do I find a Worm Iron?

I found a cute tee shirt at TJMaxx. Unfortunately, I'm stumped about the washing instructions. Wash in cold water - check. Hang dry - check. Use a worm iron if necessary - um, uhhh, huh, WHAT? I hope it's never necessary 'cause I have no idea where to find a worm iron. And I don't think I want to buy a worm iron just for one $13 tee shirt.

I wonder if worm/warm is the new then/than.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

YoVille - Not SpellVille

YoVille is a fun, silly, time-wasting game that I enjoy playing with many friends. They recently added a new feature where your Yo can get their hair did. I wonder what a salon would think if I walked in asking to have my hair did. I guess it depends on the salon. Super Cutters may not notice the grammar faux pas but Exclusive Spa certainly would.

When asking to have your hair did, it's best to cheack with the stylist to see if they can did what you want.

Thanks to Brittany for cheacking out the fan status on YoVille!

They Build Roads...

They build our roads, so I guess they're not responsible for knowing how to spell. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) puts out an "Official Highway Map" each year. It shows the entire state's highway system and close-ups of the larger cities - Coeur d'Alene being the only one shown in North Idaho (or Northern Idaho as the Southern Idahoans like to call it).

We have to ask ourselves why the ITD would misspell the name of the largest community in the Panhandle? The only North Idaho community featured on their "Official" map. Do they not like us? Do they not care about our feelings? Have they ever been here? Poor little Couer d'Alene Coeur d'Alene.... Will it ever get over this diss???

Thanks to Megan for spotting this doozy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Wendseday Special at Mickey D's!

I wonder if the Wendseday Quarter Pounder with Cheese 169 Meal 369 is featured at every McDonalds or just at the one on Appleway in Coeur d'Alene.

Thanks to Kerri who caught this on Vicky's Facebook page. :) And thanks to Vicky for whipping out that cellphone camera and catching this moment in time!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Yum... Gonna Puchase Me Some Spagetti!

I'm gonna get on over to Silverwood Scarywood and puchase me some spagetti! Yes, I am!! Hey, I have a coupon. A coupon negates any and all spelling disasters! Like was mentioned before in this blog... if a word is spelled incorrectly for long enough, does it become the standard?

Thanks again to Megan!!! I bow down to your watchful and observant spelling disaster catching eyes!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

31 Days Has September... wait...what??

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
February has twenty eight alone
All the rest have thirty-one
Except in Leap Year, that's the time
When February's Days are twenty-nine

Can someone please pass that along to the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce? Each year they print a calendar which is available for their members, locals and tourists to purchase. Usually they are filled with beautiful photographs showcasing the pristine and spectacular nature of Coeur d'Alene. This year's was filled with mediocre digital camera photos from chamber employees and sprinkled with a few fabulous images taken by experienced photographers and studios. This year's also features a special mystery day in September... the 31st!

If babies are born on September 31, will they ever have a birthday??

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Where do we live?

Congratulations to Madison Leonard, Idaho's newest Junior Miss. Madison is a local girl from Couer Coeur d'Alene. I'm sure she'd agree it's understandable for folks from out of the area to misspell her home town. But for the local newspaper to mangle it??? Come on!

I have to admit to being a tad bit disappointed the spelling disaster is in their online version of the story not the print one. :)

Thank you to (you know who you are!)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Christmas at Cost Cutters!

Away in a manger, no crib for his bed...

It appears the Cost Cutters in Sandpoint is in the market for a manger for their salon. That's a pretty big ad so they must be planning a pretty big manger scene for Christmas. I wonder if the kings, shepherds, angels, animals and baby Jesus qualify for the 401 (k) and paid vacations, too.

Thanks to Dorene who located this gem :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Miximizing my Member

Once again, the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce sent out one of their high quality, well written emails to their entire database. This one offers a FREE webinar which will help miximize Chamber Membership. A quick look at the Urban Dictionary shows to miximize is to maximize "the variety of world views and lifestyles you allow into your field of experience." Um. Yeah. Sure.

The big question though is raised after a bit of scrolling down... "Are You Utilizing Your Chamber Member to the Max?" Um, that's a bit of a personal question. Maybe we should ask Bob ;)

After those two doozies, I can totally forgive the missing apostrophe in "whats happening".

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Weather Report Says...

Looks like it's going to be a bit clody out according to the Hayden Cinemas. Submitter Brittany says the sign reads the same on both sides. Nice. I also notice the "N" in "chance" is backwards. Is this a secret code?? Robert Langdon - where are you when we need you??

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Grant Money Hard at Work

While visiting the Idaho Travel Council grant funded Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce website, I was surprised to find a glaring spelling disaster. Imagine the shock when I saw yet another SD! That site does not have enough words to warrant TWO booboos. And menu booboos, too.

I was curious to see if the Religeous organizations were listed Alphbetically and am sadly disappointed that there are no Religeous organizations listed at all.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Cheep Little Postcards

You too can make $50,000 a week doing what The Postcard Guy does... Sending Cheep Little Postcards! I'm Convinced You Can Copy What He's Doing! You can go from Dead-Broke to Filthy Rich in 3 Weeks! Make Big Money With These Low Budget, Cheep Little Postcards!

Thanks to Brittany who I hope was able to restrain herself from learning more!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fast Food on Every Corner!

I've been picking on the good folks at the Coeur d'Alene Press quite a bit so today is the Spokesman Review's turn. This story appears in the on-line edition of the paper. Kerri sent this in saying, "Check out the second sentence ... looks like Portland's hippie reputation continues. :)"

I wonder where the story writer's thoughts were while he penned this... "Yeah, dude! I just gotta write this blurb about a motorcycle gang gettin' all crashed up then I'll be there! I'll bring the PBR and cheeseburgers. You got the other stuff? Want Doritos, too?"

Thanks Kerri for another, um, SMOKIN' submission!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Recycle my what????

They are really going GREEN in Oregon! Not only can you recycle your newspapers and aluminum cans, you can recycle grandma, too! And do it all on your way to the Nehalem Bay State Park!!! Maybe the Death With Dignity Act has paved the way.

Thanks to Chris for this thought provoking photo. Not a spelling disaster, but a WTF disaster!