150 Times People Spotted Hilariously-Incorrect Usage Of English And Just Had To Share

How many “c’s” and “m’s” in “accommodate?” Is there a “c” in “acquire?” While it might seem obvious when written out in front of you, English spelling can make fools of the best of us, but most people will probably overlook a misspelled word in a text. But that mistake becomes ever so magnified when you are driving around and see it displayed in, say, a shop window. 

The “English Language Police” Facebook page gathers word crimes and grammatical mistakes people have spotted in the wild. So scroll down and enjoy the funniest examples here, upvote your favorites, and be sure to let us know what common language mistakes are your number one pet peeve.

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#1 You Expect The Guy To Open The Store While Being Circumcised?

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#2 So Many People To Send Them To

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#3 That Was After The Honeymoon

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Native speakers (and writers) of English all have their own struggle words. Some people can’t stand the doubling of a specific letter, like aggression versus agression. In other cases, people think there is a second letter where there actually is none, for example, imitate versus immitate. More often than not, this is a result of English not being a phonetic language. 

Many writing systems attempt to just jot down the sounds that a particular word consists of. As logical as this sounds, many languages skip this part, English being one of them. Partially, the French can be blamed, as a lot of constructions in modern English have old French (and Norman) origins, due to William the Conqueror, well, conquering England in 1066. 

#4 Listening To "Water Music" Will Never Be The Same Again

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#5 Okay Then

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#6 Can You Eat Non-Customers At The Tables? Asking For A Friend

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To counter this, English orthographer Christopher Upward designed something called cut spelling. The basic idea was to “cut” redundant and silent letters, which would “help” save 8–15% of space when printing written texts and, potentially, reduce the number of spelling mistakes that we all run into regularly. It never really took off because who wants to go through the hassle of remaking the entire spelling system of a language?

#7 Oh My

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#8 No, Thanks

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#9 I Hadn't Realized It Was Banned

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As English is spoken around the globe by over 1.5 billion people as a first or second language, it makes sense that large, sweeping changes might not be that realistic to implement. It’s also a language without a “central” authority, with different spelling, pronunciation, and slang depending on where one is. Researchers call this a pluricentric language, meaning that different strains develop and intermix without one being regarded as the “official” variant. 

#10 Well That Is One Way To Prevent Theft

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#11 Where Is Elon When You Need Him?

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#12 Yummy

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The result is that most variants of English are mutually intelligible, though there are always many anecdotes about thick accents from one English-speaking country or another. It also has a global reach, both due to colonial history and mass media. These days, English can be referred to as a true “lingua franca,” as it is often used when both parties don’t share a common language. 

#13 Good Advice

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#14 Unique Eligibility Criteria

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#15 Hope Agian Shows Up

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Attempts to make a “neutral” global means of communication have led to the creation of “Globish,” a somewhat uninspiring name for a language. The idea, created by Jean-Paul Nerrière, was to have something that was not tied down by the cultural weight of English and also incorporate elements from other languages around the world. Nevertheless, its largest “lender” of words was still English (around 1500 words) and it has not really taken off at the moment.

#16 Please, Turn Water Into Wine

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#17 Free Bill Posters

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#18 Pretty Intimidating If You Ask Me

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English is so predominant that some scholars believe it might lead to premature language death. As it is tied up with employment, research, and a lot of popular media, English remains one of the top choices for people to learn, at the cost of acquiring a different language. The unfortunate result is that it introduces alien words and idioms into languages where they don’t belong, supplanting the more unique original structures. 

#19 With The Price Of Gas These Days, He’s Not Wrong

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#20 Two Lies And A Grammar Gaffe. What An Ad

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#21 Uh, Oh

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#22 Aldi Australia Is Selling This Stool

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#23 Shucks, Wouldn’t You Know It, We’re On Vacation And Only Have Our Holiday Maid With Us

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#24 Dognuts? Hmmm

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#25 I Wonder If They Choose Or If You Have To Self-Identify

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#26 I Don't Know If I Can Stay Awake For 5 Days... Anymore

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#27 "Trespiss-Sewers" Like Connoisseurs? Or Is That Three Spas Yours?

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#28 I've Read This Five Different Ways. Each Giving A New And More Disturbing Meaning To It

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#29 Misogynists (Somewhere In Canada)

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#30 Oof

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#31 Seems Awfully Cheap

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#32 This Sign

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#33 Is It Airfryable?

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#34 I Think I Need Some Help With This One

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#35 How Can You Fill Both Sides Of An Aisle With One Niche Product Category?

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#36 It's Truly Amazing, The Progress They've Made In Transplants

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#37 Ronnie Must Work Here

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#38 Me In Real Life

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#39 A Sticky Situation To Be In

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#40 I Hope Someone Was Fired Over This, Or Smacked Across The Knuckles With A Ruler. Honk Jesus, Honk If You Save, If You Love Jesus

Jesus, Jesus says to sliders drugs say to no yes. Say sliders say no to drugs to yes.

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#41 Found This Gem In Rural Tennessee

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#42 Probably A Rerun

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#43 Saying “You Are A Cancer” Isn’t Much Better

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#44 I Wonder How That School Does In National Spelling

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#45 Ah, I Can Take My Time Here. I Love To Indulge In Long Baths

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#46 The Whole Planet? Seems Kinda Harsh

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#47 Sounds Great. I Get To Park Here And Eat For Free. What A Country

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#48 Stay Get Yay

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#49 Why Are Racists So Bad At English?

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#50 Clever Crafter's Fail

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#51 Very Witty Indeed

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#52 Found This Sign At A Local Shopping Center. I Guess If You Park And Go Shopping, They Will Tow Your Car. We Decided To Shop Elsewhere

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#53 What Language Is This?

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#54 Watch Your Back, Jesus

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#55 I Came Across This Sign Today And Still Can’t Quite Understand What They Are Saying. Any Ideas? Do They Want Tourists? Are The Bears Eating Tourists?

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#56 The Four Apostrophe’s’ Of The Apocalypseses’s’

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#57 Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't

#58 Didn’t Know Tattoos Were Mobile Otherwise They Can Be Welded On?

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#59 Issue That Domestic Cats Are Usually Much Smaller Than The Weight Limit Noted Here

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#60 Inconvenience Indeed

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#61 Judges Do Have The Power Over You

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#62 Sadly, They Paid Dollar's For That Sign

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#63 Spotted In A Store Window. Apparently Their Merchandise Includes Children? Is That Even Legal?

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#64 What Fresh Hell Is This?

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#65 I Was Heading To Buy More Hayfever Tablets... Until An Ad Suggested That Not Taking Any Would Be Better

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#66 Build A $1.2 Billion Cruise Ship And Save A Few Dollars By Failing To Proofread Signage For 75+ Plaques. Priceless

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#67 Let's Hope The Burger Is Ok

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#68 But How Many Fake Ones?

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#69 Not The Festive Spirit I Was Expecting From Woolworths

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#70 Doors Can Suffer From Significant Separation Anxiety

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#71 Penmanship Is So Important

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#72 I Am Wondering Whether The Attendant Has Had Too Many Alcoholic Beverages

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#73 That’s An Awfully Long-Winded Way Of Saying “Puzzle”

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#74 This Company In Australia Couldn’t Decide Which Spelling Of Barbecue To Use So It’s Covering All Bases

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#75 A Very Effective Mnemonic

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#76 Those Poor Guests

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#77 When You Want To Vent, You Know Who To Call

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#78 On A Walk In Spring Hill, I Encountered This Gem. I Felt Slightly Dumber For Having Read It

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#79 In Other Words, Anyone Who Is Between 1-20 Or 22+ Cannot Purchase Or Consume Here

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#80 100% Of The Whole Mouth, Is This Redundant? Granted It's Early And I Haven't Had My Coffee Yet And Have A Slight Headache But Still

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#81 Oh Really, Then Why Do Mine Seem To Not Care And Just Getting Out Bed I Need To Warm Up And Stretch For Fear I'm Going To Pull A Big One

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#82 Presumably, These Grow In Bushes?

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#83 "To Bad" Must Be On The "Highway To Hell"

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#84 Possible Uses Of A Monocular

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#85 Do What Now?

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#86 That Arrangement Works

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#87 A Good Bit Of Yorkshire

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#88 This Sign Caught My Eye Today And My Immediate Thought Was "Wow, Are They Making Smart (I.e. Automated) Shoes Now?"

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#89 I Spotted This Sign This Morning In Walgreens As I Was Struggling To Pick Up My Daughter’s Pain Medication

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#90 Buried Fiber Optic Cable GF

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#91 That Only Complicates The Problem

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#92 So Nice Of Them To Send Kids To Do Our Sewing And First Aid At The Airbnb Unit

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#93 When Sad Metropolitan Copywriters Try To Write Geordie

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#94 Just Noticing This After Using This For Two Years. A Simple Typo, But Still

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#95 Tasty

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#96 Presumably, The Exit Is An "Outerance"

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#97 Sitting At A Stoplight I Spotted This. It Took Me A Minute To Understand What They Were Advertising, But I Decided Against Eating The Chicken

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#98 Damn Autocorrect

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#99 You Probably Think This Sign Is About You

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#100 I Wonder If Gerogia Is Near Georgia?

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#101 Ouch

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#102 Where Am I Supposed To Park My Chipotle?

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#103 I Always Thought That All Clocks Were Time Clocks. By The Look Of The Merchandise, I Guess I Was Wrong

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#104 I Want To See A Floopervisor. There Is No Reason I Can't Have My Poofs

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#105 Lay Eggs?

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#106 A Beautiful Display At The Checkout Counter In A Portland Maine Restaurant

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#107 Yo, Adrian (Proper Use Of Comma)

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#108 Proofreading Fail. Cutains?

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#109 Ecuador Ice Cream Shop

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#110 So Close

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#111 Well The Words Appear To Be English But The Manner In Which They Are Assembled Is Incomprehensible

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#112 He Parked So Close That He Knocked Off An O

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#113 I Encountered This Fascinating Euphemism For The First Time On Our Recent Road Trip To The US. Has Anyone Else Ever Heard This Expression?

It has the quaint, bygone sound of something carried over from the Victorian period

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#114 I Take Delight In Garbled English On Clothing, As I Assume People Who Can Read Chinese Do At Tattoos Sported By People Who Can Not

I have a load of photos to share if there's interest in them, let me know, but here's the one I love best, beyond absurdity: keep calm and love bulldog. What were they thinking?

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#115 "Construction High Noise"

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#116 My Favorite Christmas Coffee Cup

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#117 Sign Spotted At A TJ Maxx In Florida Today. How Does One Tow A Span Of Time?

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#118 Lost In Translation

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#119 So What Do You Do?

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#120 CBS Needs A Better Spellchecker

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#121 A Comma And An Apostrophe Would Have Really Helped Here

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#122 Just Saw In Miami

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#123 Segregation Is Still A Thing In The Midlands

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#124 This Is The Inner Label Of My Two Good Yogurt This Morning. I Can’t Decide Whether They Did It On Purpose To Make A Point About No Judgment Or If It Was An Editing Error

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#125 This Sign

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#126 Seen In Chennai (Erstwhile Madras)

The notice says in Tamil that there are job opportunities for ladies with expertise in operating photocopying machines. It's the English translation that's intriguing.

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#127 Does Anyone Else Feel Peevish About This Post?

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#128 What Do They Quote?

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#129 Let's Face It: Ice Cream Is Importanter. Also Deliciouser

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#130 This Happens To Me A Lot

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#131 Paper Toilets Sound Like A Really Bad Idea

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#132 That Doesn't Sound Very Tasty

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#133 Spelling Class Starts At 8

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#134 This Doesn't Look Right To Me

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#135 I Three What You Did There

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#136 I Would Have Rotated The Letter R 90°

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#137 Driving Through Hope, AZ

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#138 I Stumbled Upon This Claim Yesterday, For Some Reason I Cannot Quite Define. Can Something Actually Be Designed To Be Authentic? Isn't That Contradictory?

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#139 Sigh

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#140 Just Found This On My Door. Not Interested In Whatever It Is. I Do Want To Know If One Can Prequalify For Something That Is Active

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#141 I Was In An Office Building Today And Saw This. It Made Me Think: Doesn't "Uni" Mean One? Would The Sign Be More Accurate To Say "Multi" Or Something?

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#142 From CNN To Local News Shows, There Are Always Typos Like These. Spell Check Doesn't Fix Everything

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#143 Thick & Durable

"Durable" implies something that will sustain continuous and/or lengthy use. Aluminum foil is typically only used once. In this case, I used it to line a sheet pan for oven bacon, and after the bacon was done, I threw the foil away. I would think a better word than "durable" would be "strong".

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#144 That's None Of Your Business

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#145 Ice Creams? Am I Missing Something?

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#146 Finally, A Radio Station The Whole Fanily Can Listen To Together

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#147 My Goose Is Not Silly

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#148 Where You At?

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#149 5 Star Auto Sales

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#150 The Grammar Is Bad Enough, But The Roaming Chess Gangs Scare Me

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