According to recently published observations, the grammar used by Britain’s shopkeepers could well be getting worse.
In a light-hearted take on a decline in standards, MSN news has published reader photos from the seaside demonstrating how poor some standards are.
One example was seen in Essex, close to the popular resort of Southend. A shop selling seafood listed ‘prawns’, ‘jellied eels’ and ‘whelks’ on its menu. It also listed ‘muscles’, however, which doesn’t seem quite so appealing.
Meanwhile, on the Isle of Wight, one firm’s sign was littered with grammatical, spelling and layout mistakes. Most notable of all was the incorrectly spelled ‘Buinness’.
It is not just in traditional shops that mistakes happen though; online news feeds, for example, are hot beds for glaring errors.
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Commonly-made errors on news feeds for websites were also replicated in the shop signs.
The submitted photos showed a number of apostrophe catastrophes; something which has plagued the shopkeepers of Britain for some time.
The use of the wrong ‘to’ or ‘too’, was also a problem.
However, one reader’s picture was a little less clear as to whether a mistake had been made. This sign showed the incorrect spelling of ‘fudge’. The fact that the shop specialised in selling fudge products, suggests that the ‘Fugde Corner’ may have been enjoying a bit of fun with the many meanings of the word itself.