Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Writes & Wrongs

I see that the Sutton Guardian has run a news story about the badly spelled sign that appeared in Lindsay Road last week

I spotted the signs (one at each end of the road) complete with obvious spelling mistakes and for a moment I was tempted to take a picture and post it on the blog. But having thought about it for a couple of seconds I decided against it.

After all this was just a hastily scribbled note by a road contractor who was doing the right thing by informing residents that, at short notice, the resurfacing works had been postponed and that they could park as normal until the following week.

Of course there were cheap points to have been scored here - the spelling on the sign was undoubtedly poor, but using the platform of my blog to have a condescending swipe at a well-meaning contractor would have been a lot worse.

Personally I think the council worker should be applauded for his initiative in communicating with the residents in this way. Oh how we all moan when the Council fail to keep us informed, when things don't happen as planned and we are given no explanation.

Should we really be so up in arms that a contractor employed to resurface roads does not have a perfect grasp of spelling? We all have different skills - perhaps we should see how proficient the journalist who wrote this sneering piece is at relaying a road surface and have a good laugh at his expense when he falls short of our high standards.

Since the Sutton Guardian has clearly positioned itself as the bastion of impeccable spelling and grammar, perhaps we should all go through their paper with a red pen and mock all of their errors in public.

I don't think Sutton Council have any need to apologise for this sign. I think there is someone else who should be doing the apologising.

2 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Adrian Short said...

Well put.

I like the new look for your blog. Excellent.

Andrew said...

Honestly. Is this really NEWS??? Lets re-read the eye catching headline shall we?...

'Careless council contractors failed to mind their language at the weekend as two spelling errors appeared on a road sign in Worcester Park.''

I find it hard to believe that your newspaper has sunk so low as to report utter nonsense such as this. Its laughable. Its not even worth commenting on, let alone taking up space in a *previously* reputable journal.

Its petty at best. These people are employed to resurface the road, not school everyone's children in English and Grammar! It would take a second for a responsible parent to correct their childrens interpretation of the mistake. And thats even if a child noticed, and lets be honest, how many school children read the small print on road signs with such attention to detail as to scrutinise the language used???

The main point is that the residents were kept well informed, and as such the employee who wrote the sign should be praised, not belittled in such a snobbish fashion.

And to the people who genuinely ''were left struggling to decipher the message'' then shame on you, i read it in a flash when i drove around the roundabout on Browning avenue and understood it perfectly.

What a joke.

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