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manofjustice Sep 22, 8:08 p.m.
me don't unerstan wut de probla iz.
Commentor5 Sep 22, 7:35 p.m.
Oh no, there is another mis-spelling in this story that WRAL has updated....see if you can spot it!
drjones74 Sep 22, 5:44 p.m.
WRAL, you need to worry about fixing the errors in your stories before you start pointing fingers. I find faults at least weekly.
Road-wearier Sep 22, 4:19 p.m.
Bad spelling? Oh noes!!!11!
patriotsrevenge Sep 22, 4:12 p.m.
Thas jest rong!!!!!!
boatingforfun88 Sep 22, 4:07 p.m.
THIS IS NEWS?????????? COME ON WRAL!!!
sweetnsour13 Sep 22, 4:03 p.m.
This (misspellings) is pretty much the norm. It aggravates me to see words spelled incorrectly. But, we live in the age of "text talk" where everything is misspelled to 'save time'.
Grammar is another subject especially when people type "loose" for "lose" and "noone" for "no one".
anneonymousone Sep 22, 3:44 p.m.
Dr DatacIerk, the "without" being spelled as two words grabbed my attention, as did the "newly-opened." An adverb ending with "-ly" does not require a hyphen to form an adverbial phrase.
In decades past, an error could not be corrected in thirty seconds by someone at a computer; type was set by hand, and once it was published, the error was there, and that was, as they say, that. Newer technologies are fine, but we still need to be able to recognize the correct word when the spelling checker gives us options.
Some people who fussed the loudest here about WRAL's proofreading made pretty horrid mistakes themselves; one in particular wouldn't know what to do with a possessive apostrophe if one fell out of the sky stapled to a $20 bill.
swinter Sep 22, 3:43 p.m.
Home schooled? or maybe Hom skoold
Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev. RB Sep 22, 3:39 p.m.
Supposing the contractor looked at the misspelled signs and said,
GoHeels1969 Sep 22, 3:38 p.m.
The General Assembly had parking signs in front of their building this past year that cited "GERNERAL Statute..."
RICKJAMES Sep 22, 3:21 p.m.
"IN FIRE EMERGENCY DO NOT USE ELEVATOR USE EXIT STAIRS" this whole phrase just doesnt sound right! I mean shouldnt it read, In case of fire emergency do not use elevatore use exit stairs? Looks like the sign company was the lowest bid for a reason.
patrick85ed Sep 22, 3:07 p.m.
someone give ncwebguy a valium.
mondosinistro Sep 22, 3:02 p.m.
English can be a spelling challenge (not that this sign was any example of it), but now I've started noticing misspellings on signs in Spanish, too, which has pretty easy spelling generally. Someone has mass-produced a bunch of signs that have been put around here, referring to a "zona de protecsion" for trees. (It's "protección.") A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, ognirg... (Geez, the censor-bot at this site even thinks the real word there is a baddie.)
JAT Sep 22, 2:46 p.m.
A bigger story would have been the fact the the roof was leaking Saturday and it wasn't even raining outside.
AlleyOops Sep 22, 2:44 p.m.
kinda funny. for those complaining THIS IS NOT NEWS c'mon now.
It's seriously like a 3-paragraph story. Not like they're going on and on about it. Just a lil brief, not some kind of in-depth story. If that were the case then yes, WRAL would be wasting a lot of time but this ain't that bad! Geez!
heylilliza Sep 22, 2:43 p.m.
seriously..? Must be a slow news day.
ncwebguy Sep 22, 2:36 p.m.
A story on the confusing elevator system in the new Convention Center would be better than a spelling error. Not a single elevator can go from the ballroom level to the main convention floor space in the basement. And there are no signs to say which elevators go where. But that requires reporting.
Who needs spelling errors when the fact errors come through big time!
I don't remember the city, county, or state buying at $1,000 hammer. However, I do remember the *federal* governemnt, under presidents Regan and Bush the first spending that much (and a lot more) on equipment. And the current costs of the war in Iraq being so high because Blackwater, Halliburton, etc. overbill for their services.
Also, Mayor Meeker is not responsible for spending Wake County tax dollars collected from the existing hotels and meals taxes. Commissioner Coble and company wanted to rasie everyone else's taxes and fees to give John Kane a free parking deck in North Hills, but Meeker said no.
dxedame Sep 22, 2:29 p.m.
So...that's what a $200 million mistake looks like?
Somebody's 2nd grade teacher is really embarrassed right about now.
Commentor5 Sep 22, 2:25 p.m.
mom2five: sorry, i forget to proofread :(
x138GMOU Sep 22, 2:21 p.m.
You want to see misspellings? Read any daily N & O! C'mon WRAL where is the news value in this? Low bid remember.
ifcdirector Sep 22, 1:59 p.m.
They just ran out of our tax dollars before they could provide us with a correctly spelled sign. Don't worry though. Meeker and company will be back for more taxes er........"fees" real soon. Enjoy the empty space and your emptied magical wallet.
Broker - Back from Lurking Sep 22, 1:49 p.m.
In case of fire, use fire extinguisher!
GWALLY Sep 22, 1:49 p.m.
thefensk Sep 22, 1:43 p.m.
Before you lay blame, here is a bit of perspective.
Years ago I worked as the field office manager for a general contractor on a large building. During our final phase, an inspector for the client noticed a similarly mispelled word on a sign. All the signs had been contracted out to a particular vendor so I called the vendor. The guy was very nice, directing me to the building specifications, gave me the drawing section number and page number, told me to look down to the third item on that page's specifications. There it was, exactly the way the sign had been printed. As he said:
"I will be the first one to admit that my workers don't spell very well, but they are really great at COPYING what is on the specifications."
The sign remake was charged to the architect.
mom2five Sep 22, 1:39 p.m.
"WRAL - you shouldn't post mis-spellings of others when your own employees create content for your website that is full of grammar and spelling errors. Yes, believe it or not, some of your folks need to take some spelling and/or grammar courses before they create more any web content for WRAL.com."
Before we all too quickly agree with this comment... lets take a walk down its last sentence...
"before they create more any web content..."
hello. There are mistakes everywhere. Just take a laugh at the stupidity of some peoples mistakes and be glad it wasn't your job to be the proof-reader!!
Air Biscuit Sep 22, 1:35 p.m.
other news to talk about?
let's see....hmmmmm...we could talk about the presidential race....or the lootery (spelled that way on purpose).....hmmmmm....how about murder, car wrecks, crime?
I suppose it's about time for another Clay Aiken article.
sickofstupidpeople Sep 22, 1:31 p.m.
Who Cares! THIS is News?? Please.
Just fix the stupid thing.
softcurls Sep 22, 1:31 p.m.
Good grief - is this worthy of front page news on WRAL's website? Come on -- lets keep it on the important stuff!
Autofreak1986 Sep 22, 1:22 p.m.
As much as "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" has spelling questions, this is among the most funniest misspellings I've ever seen. On the show, you'd drop to $25,000 (or $0 if you got any of the first 4 questions wrong) if you got an answer wrong and the 5th-grader classmate couldn't "save" you by coming up with the right answer (in other words, your answer had to be correct as well as the 5th-grader classmate's).
I wouldn't be surprised if spelling "EMERGENCY" would come up as a question on the show on FOX. :)
LibertarianTechie Sep 22, 1:20 p.m.
If I was having a building built, I would put it in the contract that any misspellings, wrongdoing, etc. placed in or on the building must be fixed at the contractor's expense. I refuse to pay to fix something that shouldn't have happened to begin with.
chickentender63 Sep 22, 1:19 p.m.
and the contract went to the low bidder. They didn't request that signs be spelled correctly, that would have been another 250K
daddyham Sep 22, 1:06 p.m.
Wouldn't surprise me if the vendor for that sign was affiliated somehow with NCDOT.
Mrfeelgood Sep 22, 1:06 p.m.
WRAL must have made that sign for them!!!LOL!!
canesnut Sep 22, 1:05 p.m.
Slow news day?
I'm thinking that when we're this low on news, WRAL should just run pictorials of Lynda Loveland. A much better use of airtime and bandwidth!
mac240 Sep 22, 12:55 p.m.
Fix the sign and report on something newsworthy.
keeptraveling Sep 22, 12:54 p.m.
bigredtruckman... HA!!! Good one!
RickyRay Sep 22, 12:54 p.m.
And now I get to correct myself. My last post should have end with a question mark. How embarrassing!
bigredtruckman Sep 22, 12:50 p.m.
The sign manufacture was probably outsourced to China.
doghousebrewery Sep 22, 12:49 p.m.
obviously another product of NC publik skools...
shoyaryt Sep 22, 12:48 p.m.
For example: "Audit of Cumberland deputies' timsheets completed"
RickyRay Sep 22, 12:47 p.m.
How about misspelled street signs? "Ashville" Avenue in Cary, for instance.
Oh, and was it not spelled "wrongly."
keeptraveling Sep 22, 12:44 p.m.
Censored... did you misspell "surprise" on purpose?!
keeptraveling Sep 22, 12:43 p.m.
Kudos to those who care about spelling!!!
I just heard a 911 call the other day. A man called to report his wife needing medical attention. 911 wanted his address. When he gave it, they asked him to spell it. He couldn't, so he told them he'd just "drag her down to the next street."
HA! A joke, I know, but hey... WRAL is FULL of mistakes that I notice constantly... They impress upon us in school how very important it is to spell correctly, and then we get out, and are assaulted by people who want us to get over ourselves when we correct them. Go figure!
down by the pond Sep 22, 12:43 p.m.
hahahah. I agree with not-today.....so true....
CensoredbyWRAL Sep 22, 12:40 p.m.
Why does that not suprise me? LOL
Dr DatacIerk Sep 22, 12:21 p.m.
Actually, I like WRAL's website, layout, and content...however, it's always filled with errors. ...it just makes you wonder...
Dr DatacIerk Sep 22, 12:19 p.m.
yes - 'with out' probably should be spelled 'without' as well as the other error I mentioned below that they already fixed.
Squeek Sep 22, 12:14 p.m.
Sounds like to me a couple of you people don't really care for WRAL. If you don't appreciate their news reporting, go to another channel. What, you won't have anything to complain about? Sounds like that's all you want to do.
Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev. RB Sep 22, 12:13 p.m.
I don't see a grammatical error, and I'm a paralegal, but then that's a whole 'nother bag of worms. ;o)
So I'll be interested to see what I missed.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03