Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Would you buy real estate from, this woman?

Hey! Wait! I've got a new complain

Stop looking at what we ordered or the fact that we were at IHOP at 3:32 AM. That's all beside the point.

Probably thousands of customers each week get a receipt with these glaring errors printed on it. I wonder if the store manager ever gets "complains" about them.

We love to see you soon too, IHOP.

Monday, January 29, 2007

A"right a"ready!

Okay, if you were a fancy microphone manufacturer, spending decent money on a half-page ad in the geeky recording magazine I read, wouldn't you have a few people look over your ad copy before sending it in? Or at least fix your keyboard?!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Corpororate Sponsosorship

To be fair, the sign was ultimately corrected, but only after much deliberation.

Just because it ends in an "s"...

...does not mean you have to put that apostrophe in there!

At least they're consistent.

We Do Parties

We here at Grammar Vulture work under the assumption that a huge banner such as this would probably be seen by a few sets of eyes before it was printed.

How is it, then, that nobody raised any objections to "fun raising" or the fact that "birthday" and "meeting" aren't plural? What a mess.

"Fun Raising" does sound like a great time, however.

Keep This Door Close

But how close? I'm pretty sure it won't fit in any of my pockets.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Foothills Paper

Where to begin with this one.... it's so chock full of atrocities that it has enjoyed a prominent spot on our refrigerator for almost a year now! This is a clipping from our neighborhood freebie paper.

Feel free to click on the image and read the whole horror for yourself, if you can stomach it. I will draw particular attention to one key phrase: "Persons with heart problems in their family, or have it their self, is given hope and a new tool." Wow. Who lends this woman ink?

I love me some Jews.

I really do!

But have a look at this unfortunate signage, snapped from the car while we were driving in Mexico:

Monday, January 22, 2007


What is this strange vegetable we'll all be eating 990 years in the future?

Sunday, January 21, 2007

What's a nedle?

And does it hurt much?

This is a gem from our recent trip to Mexico. I understand English isn't this sign maker's first language and all... but if your business is going to cater to English-speaking gringos, it seems like you'd want to get your point across.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Where, exactly?

Thanks for clearing that up.


Why exactly is this meatloaf so tasty?

Could have something to do with the ingredient that follows pork:

I understand that the deli has a limited amount of space on their labels, but you can't just go around inventing new abbreviations that only your staff understands! "Ing." for ingredients? And what is "crack." short for anyway? If they mean to say "cracker", they've only saved one lousy character!

Schreiner's (not "Schreiner'" as it's unfortunately misprinted on their label) is a fantastic German deli in the 'hood, by the way. If you live in LA and haven't yet been there, you're missing out on some seriously delicious Black Forest ham!

About the Vultures

Welcome to the Grammar Vulture blog! This blog is meant to serve as a repository for entertaining infractions of grammar, spelling, and the English language in general. The blog is authored and moderated by the gentlemen whose names appear in the far left column - feel free to click on any of them for more information or to send an email.

We are four 30ish men in Los Angeles, all cogs within various entertainment industry machines. Please note that none of us is a professor of English, none holds a doctorate degree in anything - hell, two of us have music degrees. In short, we're of only slightly above-average intelligence, yet all take great offense to the deterioration of our society's ability to communicate effectively via the written word.

Feel free to poke around and comment on our posts! They'll be culled from snapshots of signage, copies of business communications, clippings from the internet[s], and written violations of, well, good taste. More importantly, the subjects of our posts will not be edited or doctored. Rather, they will be lifted from our real-life experiences and observations.

If you have a post you'd like us to share with the world, send an email to grammarvulture@gmail.com or simply click on the Grammar Vulture link at the left column. Enjoy!