Take it with a Grain Assault

Once again, we shine the spotlight on subpar spelling and grammar, lifted directly from the pages of Facebook and other social media sites. As always, some of these will make you laugh.  Others might make you cry.

Even though Deputy Barney Fife constantly told Andy he would “nip it in the bud,” some folks didn’t hear him clearly.  They would rather “nick it in the butt.”

In a political debate, someone wrote that certain people “get their fillings hurt.” Especially if they go to the wrong dentist.

Another person wrote that one politician’s decision is bad “not just for Tennessee, but the nation as a hole.” Yes, you certainly don’t want the nation in a hole.

Still another complained about “a Miss Use of tax dollars.”  I don’t believe I have met her, but I know her friends, Miss Understanding and Miss Communication.

One political figure was referred to as a “bafoon.”  I don’t think that was a compliment.  Even buffoons would agree with that.

About a candidate’s speech, one Facebook critic called it “a load of carp.” And he wasn’t even at the pond.

In the “I’ll spell it like I hear it” file, I’ve learned that a person who turns his back on his country is no longer considered a traitor. Now, many people describe him as a trader.

One retiring politician was sent on his way with this note: “Don’t let the door hit you in the but.” But…but…what?  The critic continued, “My president is draining the swap.” (If that’s the case, I guess he’s not a trader.)

Speaking of the president, someone who is not a fan wrote, “The only reason he won is that awful electoral collage.” (And trust me, it takes a while to make a collage that big.)

Insults constantly fly on social media.  It is not uncommon for one person to call another a “looser.” Evidently they need to tighten up.

Too often, the response to this insult is, “Your a idiot.” I’m sorry, but if you wrote that, you’ve just lost your argument.

With colder weather on the way, the weather forecasters will soon be talking about the wind chill factor.  Some folks will call it the “windshield” factor.  I guess that makes sense.  Maybe that has to do with the amount of ice you’ll be scraping.

After local school officials decided to close early one day due to impending bad weather, some Facebook critics were not happy. One wrote, “We need a new super attendant!”

Football was on the mind of one Tennessee fan, commenting on Butch Jones’ announcement about a lineup change. “We don’t need a new quarterback,” he wrote. “What we really need is a new couch!” (And while you’re at it, a whole new living room suite.)

After returning from vacation, one commenter wrote, “It rained all the time, so we had to stay in our hotel sweet.”  Maybe they had lots of chocolates.

One complaint about an area restaurant mentioned a menu item called an “egg role.”  No word on who played the role of the egg.

Another person wrote about attending a movie.  “I hardly ever go to the movies,” a friend replied. “Prices are too high at the concussion stand.” That sounds painful, too.

Speaking of food, one Facebook writer said she was on a diet.  “I need to curve my appetite,” she wrote.  (Actually, that may be what got her in trouble in the first place.)

One concerned citizen wrote about the need for a “bum shelter.” That’s what my wife calls the room where I watch ball games.

Commenting on a mugshot photo, one man wrote, “No wonder. He looks like a drug attic.”

Of course, it isn’t just an online issue.  Outdoor signs can be entertaining too.  One fast-food place has a sign that says, “Mangers needed.”  Since it was in September, I don’t think this was a Christmas season request.

One popular drive-thru place was offering a real deal according to this sign: “Half-price snakes.” Half-price isn’t low enough. You’d have to pay me big bucks to get near one of those!

It’s always good to know where the nearest exit is located.  Unless of course, it’s not an exit.  Just to be perfectly clear.

Another eatery sign offered an apology for some construction going on.  It said, “Please bare with us.” Hmmm, what kind of place IS this?

Punctuation used to be required.  Now, it’s apparently optional. Like the sign on a door inside a restaurant, which said, “Sorry Employees Only.” I guess the good employees were not allowed to enter that room.

I have a feeling this won’t be my final list of spelling fails and grammatical glitches.  Until next time, just grin and bare it, and above all, take it with a grain assault.

To read my previous stories on spelling fails, click here, here, and here.



About David Carroll

David Carroll is a longtime Chattanooga radio and TV broadcaster, and has anchored the evening news on WRCB-TV since 1987. He is the author of "Chattanooga Radio & Television" published by Arcadia.

5 thoughts on “Take it with a Grain Assault

  1. Steve Byrd

    While attending East Lake Elem. in Chattanooga around 1968 or ’69 (1st or 2nd grade), I vaguely remember a teacher named–no kidding–Miss Heard. Wasn’t in her class, though.

  2. Bebe Packard

    Had a sign in Huntsville, AL, that was for a Mexican Restaurant that was named Camino Real Mexican Food but some of the Cami part of the sign was burnt out so it read “No Real Mexican Food”! Sure wish I had taken a pic!

  3. Jerry Lingerfelt

    When my younger brother was about 9 years old, he thought the saying “never mind”, was “them or mine” JL

    I was almost afrade to rite for feer of missing up.


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