Poor punctuation places Women’s Kids on Sale!

Sign says Women's Kids on Sale!

When you buy women’s kids on sale, can you return them for a full refund?

FAIRPORT, NY: Second Bloom Consignment doesn’t have a big sign budget. They use this little white A-frame to advertise all of their on-sale variations. Last week, “Women’s Kids” were 30% off. Looks like this week’s sale is different, though they’re being a bit mysterious about it.

How could the store have fixed this sign’s disturbing message?

Well, both “women’s” and “kids” should have been possessive.  The last line should have used a related noun like “clothing”. They also could have added the word “and” in front of “kids”. Let’s face it, they need a bigger sign!

Notice the padlock. I wonder who’d want to steal their sign, anyway–the Grammar Police?


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Comments

  1. Rebekah Jones says:

    Hilarious!! You should submit this to the Tonight Show for their headlines segment. It would be perfect. :)

  2. Oh, I saw a good while on vacation a few years back. It read: Metting Place for excursions.
    I’m pretty sure they meant Meeting Place, but there was a lot of drinking going on so…what do I know?

    • Amazing how sign-makers can miss such simple typo’s, isn’t it, Glory?

      I’ve seen a couple like that this year, but didn’t have a good camera with me when I did. Just doofy typo’s, really–not actual grammar errors. But funny, yes. Do you think the word “metting” actually means anything?

  3. Great headline – first time I’ve checked one of your newsletters for a while, and I’m glad I did, very funny :)

  4. Hilarious! (And I actually got a minor headache reading it.)

    I see signs like this every so often. I should really remember to take pictures. :)

    • LOL, thanks Francesca!

      Love your writing, and you have a wonderful URL (which at first I thought you’d “stolen” from Sophie Lizard, oops sorry!). Glad you stopped by. And please, if you do get any pics of signs like these, consider sharing them here. I have at least two more coming up in the next 30 days.

  5. That’s funny in a painful way, Jim!

    I remember a grocery store sign from many years ago. It was near Mother’s Day and the store had whole turkeys on sale, so the sign read:

    Happy Mother’s Day
    Turkeys

    And that was it. So now, I will often say to my mother, “Happy Mother’s Day, Turkey!”

    • Funny how something like that will stay with you for years, isn’t it, Bobbi?

      I love the scene in On Golden Pond in which Normal calls Ethel “Miss Turkey”!

      My wife and I still laugh about the nearby village that labels its speed bumps as “Speed Humps”. Must be a local idiom. :-)

      Hmm, I may have to post that one! (evil grin)

    • Hilarious Bobbi AND Jim! I love those word spoofs just like the Leno show does, they always make me laugh so hard!

      • Thanks for stopping by, Marianne.

        I’d love to find more of these, just by doing a better job of paying attention to the world around me.

        My wife forwarded a spoof sign to me last night, purporting to be a McDonald’s marquee offering an “Anus Pounder” (ouch!) — but that one was likely some basic smart-ass photo-shopping. Fake funny signs are nearly as funny as real funny signs, to me. :-)

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