Ever notice hand-written signs with letters in all-caps, except for the letter L? It looks like an uppercase i ...
WHY DO PEOPlE WRITE lIKE THIS?
Friday, December 05, 2008
A BlT Confusing
When I spotted this sign on the menu board in front of the Greek diner on 7th Avenue here in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I was fixated on the PlATES theme, coming off a NO PlATES high and onto SAlAD PlATES this week. And the fact that the lowercase L's sport an unusually low profile, ducking below the A's apex in SAlAD, makes the situation even more confusing.
But it wasn't until writing this post that the real hidden danger of this Trojan horse was revealed: the elusive BlT in CHICKEN BlT ClUB and TURKeY BlT WRAP. Look closely, that's actually a BLT, short for Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato, but I reasonably thought this Greek diner was offering me a chicken bit club sandwich. I mean, they have bacon bits, and chickens have giblets and nuggets and other frying bits, so I didn't think twice about it. It's all Greek to me, really.
And the NOODle is an example of the cascading lowercase L, where people tend to lower the case all the letters following the lowercase L after all uppercase letters. With so many lowercase L inconsistencies on this menu board, the author clearly bit off more than he could chew.
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BIT could stand for Bacon, Iceberg lettuce, and Tomato, I reckon. Club sandwiches always have bacon, and usually lettuce and tomato anyway, so there's not much point in advertising a Chicken BLT Club really anyway.
I think the sign writer's defense would be that the I has a dot over it and the L does not. It's too bad that none of the special begin with these letters, to see how they would have treated them in those cases (so to speak).
Maybe you noticed, but actually ALL the instances of the letter e are lowercase.
... except for EGG, baseblog.
Your readers might enjoy this:
I know some lonely roosters who might be interested in that "chicken noodie".
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