Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The ENVElOPES, please

I snapped this photo in the storage closet of one of my clients. Whoever wrote this was not unfamiliar with LARGE L's, but oddly chose not to stuff one into ENVElOPES.

Friday, September 26, 2008


My brother-in-law Todd got in on the lowercase L action when he found this MlS-leading Multiple Listing Service website. Webmaster Alex Zapata got it right in the first MLS heading, and all the other MLS mentions throughout. But the L in the final "Find your desired property through the MlS" is just bad placement, and we all know the three most important things in real estate, right? lOCATION, lOCATION, and lOCATION.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


The Joshmeister found this lowercase L in Southern California. The celestial misalignment of stars that formed this art constellation seems to be the cause of the improperly used lowercase L on the ART FOlDER.

Monday, September 15, 2008


"lIl Wayne" spotted this graffiti on a public television news broadcast, WYIN in northwest Indiana, and muses that the BlOODS gang doesn't seem nearly as menacing when written this way. I'm sure the Crips will have a field day with this one.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

lowercase AlEX

Local New Yorker Jeff discovered this concrete evidence of lowercase L corruption here in the city:
I have passed this many times on my way to and from work and finally stopped to take a picture. I found it on Vesey street, down by the WTC site. Apparently AlEX + SHARON wanted to profess their love to the world in a permanent way. I apologize for the blurriness.

Even if Alex discovered his mistake just an hour later it would have been too late to correct. His carelessness is forever on display, permanently set in stone. This may just be the saddest thing that has ever happened in the site of the former World Trade Center.

Back to SCHOOl

Possibly my favorite find to date, this SCHOOl X-ING on-road signage can be seen painted on Underhill Ave. by Bergen Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. I think this is probably the result of a parked car blocking the path of the street painter, and the painter just never got around to returning to the scene of the crime to finish the job, figuring a lowercase L was better than no L. But confusion could arise if one were to mistake the first uppercase i in X-ING as another lowercase L ... so if it's X-LNG, does it then read as EXCELLING SCHOOL? ...

BOOM! You just hit a kid crossing the street because you were confused by the lowercase L.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Going POSTAl

Two lowercase L readers, David and Daniel, each submitted this same find on PostSecret. I think this is a classic case of letter crunching, because the postcard author clearly knew his uppercase L's, but must have panicked when he got near the edge with THEMSElF. Or maybe because "themself" isn't actually a word in modern English.

Monday, September 01, 2008


Harlem was once considered a dangerous neighborhood because of high crime rates and poverty. But lowercase L reader PES points out that, while times are changing, despite a renaissance of art and culture, Harlem is still a place to be feared, just for much different reasons. WElCOME TO HARlEM.