Sunday, June 18, 2006

DElIVERANCE

Coming back from a party in Astoria, Queens in the wee hours of the morn with a broken arm and a sore foot, I passed by this gem just one block from home. It was already 4:30AM and I didn't have my camera on me. Not wanting to risk the DElIVERARY person getting there in the morning before I could return, I hobbled to my 4th floor apartment and returned to the scene of the crime to get the shot.

First I'd like to say that DElIVERARY is one heck of a find! If we were working on a point system (which I should probably do to make things more interesting here), I'd award myself bonus points for finding a lowercase L directly next to an uppercase i. And some more bonus freak points for the author's inventive spelling of DELIVERY. The world lET is a decent find, too, but pales in comparison to his first deliverary device.

Then we have DElI. I'm not even sure what to make of this, both literarily and psychologically. I think there is a deli at 206a, but I'll need to go back to confirm this. Regardless, while the author seems to have become self-conscious of his lowercase L usage, he was still unable to bring himself to write an uppercase i. So instead he decided to emphasize the i-ness of his ambiguous L-i combo by using a seriffed capital i.

It is a beautiful find, and now I am more scared than ever.

5 comments:

Spinning Girl said...

This is, by far, the best one yet.

jiggs said...

this is quite amusing.

Cz said...

Definitely the best one so far!

poot said...

i squinted at this one for 20 seconds and still couldn't read it. DElI? my god. this sign was a unicorn.
you really overachieved that night.

Anonymous said...

I believe it's trying to say...
"please let the deli sign for the delivery", but what part of the deli would hold the pen??