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, June 08, 2007
As I waited in the checkout lane at the Key Food grocery store on 7th Ave. here in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I was disappointed by the concoction of upper and lowercase letters as written on the potted plant, which read "Not ForSAle". Not because I wanted to buy the plant, but because it was just another reminder that lowercase L freaks are slowly taking over the world. Admittedly, this example strays from the rules for a proper lowercase L event, because the "e" following the lowercase L in SAle is also lower case. But since all the upper and lowercase letters were written as the same size, and the lowercase L follows two uppercase letters, the sign is mildly confusing.
The plant that was "Not For SAle" ... priceless.
Posted by William Levin at 8:48 AM
Labels: BROOKlYN, PARK SlOPE, PlANT, SAlE
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What's also funny are people who write "potted plan" rather than "potted plant" and "by" when they mean "buy".
Thank you, Anon ;-)
i never noticed the lowercase l is so widespread. i saw one, too and took a picture of it. would you like to see?^^
Yes, Skittles, please send your photo!
Gee, are those people serious enough for themselves? I mean, why do they do that for saving time purposes? It drives you off completely...but I could be of a tease, meaning: how can you stand looking at those written "kind" phrases. Dont you go blind, or something xaxaxa.....you should write next to it: BUY A VOCABUlARY, SAVES YOUR WRITING DIGNITY! :D :p XEXE
This whole lowercase L thing is interesting. Shows up more than I would expect. Seems like those that do this are not using a full swiss army knife of tools upstairs. Mixing lower case and upper case is odd to begin with. But, why add the extra confusion on that lowercase L?
Maybe I am wrong, but it seems that people with not native English will never write lowercase L in UPPERCASE words. Nice idea to make a whole blog on one SMALL lowercase L point!
i can't wait to find my first lowercal l!
I've lived in England for over 25 years and I have NEVER seen an example of such alphabetical abuse.
I don't believe I'll ever be able to look at an uppercase letter L in the same was ever again.
I think I have fallen in love with you.
nice blog! I think i know why people write lowercase L's. Simple. Its saves time and space.
I do it, sometimes. But now, after reading ur blog, I realise that L's are as important as A's and E's and that they have a right to written properly. I promise i wont do it again. :)
Since you are/were in London you may have noticed the new Olympics 2012 logo with a small 'l' for the capital of our capital city ... tsk tsk
Oops - forgot to post the website:
they kinda ruined the decrotive purpose of the plant by putting "NOT FOR SAle" scribbled on the pot with a magic marker...
Outstanding topic for a BlOG.
HIlARIOUS and interesting at the same time... my favorite kind of writing.
Keep up the good work, and congrats on the BlOG of interest.
I AM TOTAllY lINKING YOU TO MY BlOGSITE UNDER 'BlOGS THAT I WISH WERE MINE'. Seriously...this is right up my AllEY along with apostrophe abuse and non-words like 'irregardless'. Great blog idea!
L is my letter...
maybe is cuz' my name is Lissette,
but i Love it!
Sadly I'm one of the lower case l freaks and unfortunetly sometimes confuse myself. This blog however, is rigth up my alley and I love it. Thanks for sharing.
In general, interesting blog. This particular example, though, is more about a misplaced uppercase A than a lowercase l . . .
That's just upsetting.
Too Funny!!!! Best line: "it was just another reminder that lowercase L freaks are slowly taking over the world"
Looks more like:
"Not Fors Ale"
to me. Terrible kerning...
Keep up the good work!
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