How could I forget. My visit to the cemetery this morning was also a reminder of my own nerdiness. It was the final round of the regional spelling bee and I was given “cemetery”. Oh yes, my 12-year-old mind put an “a” that didn’t belong. I ended up in 4th place. Oh well, there went the joy of spelling supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in front of the state competitors – ha!
What strikes me in Laredo, though, is not so much the mistakes the average person makes in spelling; we all make them. The problem is in how many mistakes are found in permanent signs, city and county documents (even today’s ballot had a “counsel” where “council” should have been). One that I see misspelled in plenty of classified ads and other listings is “wrought iron“. The cemetery instructions, just like many other places, keep making the mistake of using “rod iron” – why? Didn’t someone proofread and tell the sign-painter that it is wrought? That rod iron would be a literal rod made of iron. I guess you see it a few times and think it is right, you repeat it over and over – even on permanent city signs.
I wonder if we see Mexico spelled incorrectly enough like on this Vegas (my recent trip) key chain, will we start to spell it Maxico too?
You never know, you have plenty of people in Laredo who spell it Loredo.
Can you tell I am focusing on commonly spelled words instead of the elections? By now we all should know the early voting results. So many people voted today that the elections might still sway by a few points here and there. We won’t know until after midnight today but I’ll be watching and reading – not writing. So remember – it is wrought iron, it is Mexico, it is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and it is definitely LAREDO!! Back to watching election results, you can check it out on LMT live online 🙂