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A few years ago my boyfriend was working at a restaurant with the… 
27th-May-2013 09:48 am
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A few years ago my boyfriend was working at a restaurant with the word Street in its name. One night he was tasked with creating some flyers for an upcoming event they were putting on. Problem was that he couldn't figure out how to spell "Street". He grabbed one of his work shirts but was convinced that street was misspelled on it. He even made a note to tell his boss in the morning about the issue. Still, he had to get those flyers done so he decided to take a stroll to the end of the block to look at the road sign where he learned two things; they abbreviate the signs and he lives on an ave.
27th-May-2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Sesame Street has been a children's television staple for OVER FORTY YEARS and people still do not know how to spell this word?

Which leads to the next question - how did they spell it on the shirts?
27th-May-2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh they had it right. My boyfriend just failed spelling 101
27th-May-2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Well, clearly it was misspelled. :)
27th-May-2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Possibly forgiveable if he lived in Streatley...
27th-May-2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
But less forgiveable if he lived in Street.
27th-May-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
Or Streetly.
28th-May-2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
It never occurred to him to Google it, or look it up in a dictionary? Sheesh.
28th-May-2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Ok, this is probably going to make me sound stupid, but I've never understood the concept of looking up a word in the dictionary if you can't spell it - especially if your spelling is so bad you wouldn't recognize the right spelling when it's in front of you.

Google makes more sense to me, since it will autocorrect or give you suggestions if it thinks you've mispelled what you're looking for - but the dictionary thing bothered me a little when I was a kid. Not much, since I was a pretty good speller and didn't need to use the dictionary, but still.
29th-May-2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
I use my computer dictionary (standard application on any Mac). I type in the word, and if it doesn't know it, it'll offer suggestions.

Still, at the very least, he could have looked up the t-shirt spelling of "street" in a book dictionary to see what it said. That should have been enough to tell him they didn't misspell it.
16th-Jun-2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Classical dictionary look-up works if you aren't quite sure, but know it when you see it. It also helps if the part you're not sure about comes at the end of the word, so you can find the general area reasonably well. So if you don't remember whether it's "correspondance" or "correspondence" or "independance" or "independence" or "unctious' or "unctuous" or "rhinoceros" or "rhinocerous," then a dictionary will help. If you can't remember whether it's "pnemonic" or "mnemonic" (or "pneumatic" or "mneumatic"), of course, then you have a problem.
28th-May-2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
Spelling is a pattern-matching knack. I have it, quite strongly, but "I don't know, I'll find a way to look it up, and the people who make street signs must know how to spell street" seems like a reasonable approach.

Not perfect, mind: I haven't caught them misspelling "street," but there's a street in New York City named Bleecker Street, and (unless they fixed it since I last looked) at least one of the signs spells it as "Bleeker Street," no C.
29th-Oct-2013 07:04 am (UTC)
There was a sign off our local highway for Dunbar Road that was misspelled "Dumbar Road".
28th-May-2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
It's those double-Es. They tend to whisper subliminal suggestions to susceptible minds. Sort of like a Jedi Mind Trick, but more effective... and with the scent of Pine-Sol.
28th-May-2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
Are you positive he wasn't stroking out?
29th-May-2013 07:49 am (UTC)
Sometimes words look wrong to me. They are spelled right but they look wrong. I am also horribly dyslexic. I am so thankful for spell correct and now I can ask my phone how words are spelled.
3rd-Jun-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
Repeated exposure to a word will make it look wrong, at least for me.
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