Though, Keegan, I must admit, I do find it amusing that you, self-appointed Signage Cop, almost had to resort to using a lowercase L in your own street smarts lesson, as you tried to fit CAPITALIZATION on that pretty white sign, but started to extended beyond a reasonable margin of comfort.
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?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
It's not uncommon to see the word PlEASE written with a lowercase L and all others uppercase. Even finding it written twice, as with PlEASE PlEASE DO NOT FEED CAT (no, you cannot has cheezburger) isn't such a stretch. But posting a correctional sign next to the offending one takes lowercase L to a new level of vigilance. Thank you, Keegan, for sending in this roadside read, and for reaching out to the offender with the hopes of educating him. And the world.
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It looks to me like the L in Capitalization is upper-case. If you look at the full-size image, you can see that there's a distinct separation between the bottom part of the L and the bottom part of the I.
The lower-case 'l' is a matter of grave concern here, without doubt. But how could your correspondent correct this error yet draw no attention to the possessive apostrophe? Of the two, this is the far greater crime -- unless, of course, the sign-writer means us not to feed a particular animal's Homeowners' Association
area man is a horrific passive-aggressive
Clearly the sign makers are satisfied customers of MASTERING UPPERCASE LETTERS
When I explain the ... lowercase l problem ... to others, they frequently use space saving as an excuse for the offender. I don't buy it. The second sign is proof that even when space is running out, you can still squeeze in just enough horizontal line to keep things legal.
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