True story. (Which you will, most likely, NOT believe after reading a few of my punctuation and grammar-abusing blog posts).
My rant is this:
One of my favorite (and shall remain unnamed) vegetarian restaurants advertises their weekend special, EVERY WEEKEND as "Biscuits and Porcine Gravy".
My problem lies in the message.
They advertise their special on Twitter, often on Facebook, have an A-frame signboard in front of the Cafe, and a card posted at the counter with weekend specials.
All advertising "Porcine Gravy" .
Hopefully the rest of the world also realizes it's a typo (or wretched iPhone autocorrect) and knows they're selling mushroom gravy.
But maybe not?
I worry. My inner spelling geek won't let it rest.
So, I pointed it out to them, kindly, trying to be funny.
NOT trying to make a big deal.
The blunt approach:
The lovely little counter-girl looks at the sign and says "Oh my gosh, you're right! It should be spelled P-O-R-C-H-I-N-E, right?"
"No" Bethany persists. "It's P-O-R-C-I-N-I. Like the mushroom. Not P-O-R-C-I-N-E, because, you know, that means pig!"
Bethany is so GOOD at this. I am impressed.
Five minutes later, I look up, and wonder of wonders, the sign at the counter has been changed. Their weekend special is now "Biscuits and Porcini Gravy".
"I knew it bugged you," Bethany said. Hahaha, oh how right she was.
(And can I just add, I have had their Porcini Gravy, and it is quite good. No pigs involved.)
But to all restaurants out there: Please double-check your ads, menu and signs for typos. Unless you WANT to serve "Pig Gravy" and some people do.