There’s a New Challenge in Town

A blogger I follow, whose blog is titled “Proscenium,” decided to create a new, weekly challenge called Friday Follies. The object of this challenge is to write a post showing “any kind of sign, flyer, ad, etc. that you may see posted or printed or whatever/wherever, that would, might, or might not be, intentionally or unintentionally, a mistake or could be interpreted the wrong way, misspelled, be a double entendre or just outright hilarious.”

I actually wrote a post in September 2017 titled “Speak American” that I believe meets the object of this challenge. So I’m going to repost it below. Enjoy.


I love this photo on so many levels.

First, being the grammar and language pedant that I am, there’s the misuse of the word “your.” I don’t need to tell you that it should read “You’re in America.”

And, of course, there should be some punctuation between the first line and the second. A period, a colon, a semicolon. At the very least, a comma.

But it’s the irony of the message that is priceless. Telling someone to speak English because he or she happens to be in America and, while doing so, displaying a complete lack of mastery of the English language. How exquisite is that?

Gee, I wonder if whoever put that decal on the car window is able to speak the native tongue of any non-English speaking country he may visit.

“You’re in Mexico, gringo. Speak Mexican!”

“You’re in Canada, sir. Please speak Canadian, eh?”

Nah. That Yankees fan probably has never even been outside of the five boroughs of New York City. Well, maybe he’s been to New Jersey.

11 thoughts on “There’s a New Challenge in Town

  1. Marilyn Armstrong October 26, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    What i don’t get is how people put out decals and bumper sticker — and for that matter, tattoos — and don’t check the spelling. Yoicks.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. ArtisanX October 26, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Perfect. Absolutely perfect! Thank you for promoting and tossing you’re hat into the ring! (See what I did there 😛) It makes it worth it!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sight11 October 26, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    I remember this one as Jim would say you’re good at recycling…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 26, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      I don’t do it that often, but I’ve got more than 1800 posts to choose from and if I’ve already posted something on topic, why try to reinvent the wheel?

      Liked by 1 person

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