January 25th, 2012
07:17 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Oops! School signs spelled wrong

Students who struggle with their spelling lessons may have trouble finding positive reinforcement from some school signs we found spelled incorrectly. Check out these signs that spell trouble:

"SHCOOL X-NG" sign lacking "street smarts" РSince July of last year students at Marta Valle High School on New York City's Lower East Side have had to view a painted street sign outside of their school that was spelled wrong.

"People older than us always tell us to make sure we spell stuff right and this sign is wrong right in front of us," said Tanaysha Ebron, a senior at the school.

The sign, spelled "SHCOOL X-NG" on Stanton Street was corrected Tuesday.

"PUBIC schools" sign removed РA billboard meant to tout South Bend, Indiana, schools was removed after it caused a big stir in 2010. The billboard encouraged local residents to check out the "15 best things about our PUBIC schools." The sign was supposed to say "public" but the letter "l" was accidentally left out. Affiliate WSBT reported the company that created the billboard advertisement said the ad was proofread by four people and the typo was missed by all of them.

Too cool for "SCOHOL" РA "SCOHOL" zone sign in Lauderhill, Florida, attracted a lot of unwanted attention last year near Banyan Elementary School. Lauderhill resident Keith Mahl jokingly told affiliate WSVN the crew that made the mistake should be "sent back to third grade and given an 'F' for spelling." The company responsible for the error told WSVN the letters "h" and "o" are on the same stencil and they accidentally painted the letters with the stencil upside down.

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  1. Steve

    George Carlin once said:

    "Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that."

    No more need be said.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. James

    It's hard for CNN to sneer at other people's spelling when they use such aberrations as "gotta" in the headline. By using this sloppy form of English you are not reporting the problem of illiteracy, you are helping create it.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. rooney©

    Hilarious! I would never have thought school was so hard to spell. The 'pubic schools' was the best one. Thanks for the laughs.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. jeni

    Does this surprise anyone? Look at facebook and professional editorials, improper grammar and spelling such as "there" for they're; "your" for you're. It's amazing and disgusting how our educational system has declined.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. jesse

    And this kids, rather proves the point that PUBLIC SCHOOLS are not up to par.... put that in caps so that the poor s.o.b who has to paint those words can see how.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. BKS

    Yap us stencil makers like make the graphic artist an ass. The hold lowers at such contempt. Myself has corrected like 20 Misspelling in screenprinting even foriegn ways to spell :))

    January 26, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • BKS

      Thats when I was doing National Printing too. Maybe I should've let them go to print then the screenprinter would tell me to go tell the graphic artist uhh ya he spelled this wrong and you did not see it? About ruin like a 5k order of shirts HUH!!!

      January 26, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Deaconessa

      There are a lot of misspelled words and a distinct lack of punctuation in your posts. Just thought I'd let you know.

      January 26, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Laureth

    When my youngest daughter was starting first grade her teacher had a baby over the summer. The note that went out to all the parents stated the teacher would be out on "maturity leave" until December.

    For those of you who think private schools are better, when I was in college my best friend was always going on and on about how she got a much better education because she went to private school. Meanwhile I proof read all her papers because she made numerous spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. American

    Yea, these workers who misspelled these signs went to a Republican High Scool called Southern Potatoe! Just ask Dan Quayle!

    January 26, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. guest

    The word spelling is bad enough, but then the reporter writes "outside of their school that was spelled wrong." Is just wrong as well. Can you say "misplaced modifier?"

    January 26, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • j

      Hahaha. I love all these comments. Half of them include errors themselves while trying to correct the article's. Maybe a lot more people need to go back to elementary school...

      January 26, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. wildone

    "We don't need no edjukasion."

    January 26, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    We kinda had the same problem when I was in HS. Some of us kids, for our yearly school prank, climbed on the roof of our HS building and altered the school's sign. "Moffat County HS" became "-fat C-unt- HS. Hustler Magazine even published the picture of the altered sign we sent them! We did have some corn-fed gals back then, but all-in-all, they were a pretty slim bunch of girls. No offense if you are obese.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Deaconessa

      Lmfao! That's your brush with greatness? That's funny. How many magazines did you buy as souveniers?

      January 26, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Retarded Child

      @ Deaconessa, Your collection probably out-weights his.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. allen

    Am I the only person that thinks the contractors that were hired to do the job...nah, I'm not going there.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bubba‚ĄĘ

    Probably his first day on the job..... bet he'll never make that mistake again.....lol . ūüėČ

    January 26, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. K-Rock

    I correct people on their spelling all the time. However, as a designer–sometimes things are misspelled and you literally cannot see it. Words are not words–they are a part of the design. It doesn't make it right, but I for one can have a little understanding for these people.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pedro Sanchez.

    The Digital era is being changing , and there will be many grammar changes on near future . Now at this time youth text measages are on diferent words with same meaning as a normal grammar . Therefore we can blame our kids for grammar changes , if digital allowence , go for it , but I believe on Enlish grammar education , now on my own opinion we should fallow the corrections of normal spelling , my second lenguage is Inglish , I finish high school , and still have trouble speling my Inglish writen, I do believe Inglish is hard subject to learn . Thanks .

    January 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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