Punctuation, grammar, and spelling are all important ingredients in effective communications. When the rules of writing aren’t followed, the risk of being misunderstood increases, often with hilarious results.
Here are some “examples” from newspaper classified ads.
- I’m not sure why the person willing to help the uneducated would expect a response:
“Illiterate? Write today for free help.”
- There’s a good possibility this mechanic is no longer in business:
“Auto Repair Service. Free pick-up and delivery. Try us once, you’ll never go anywhere again.”
- Is it possible this child day care facility has been closed due to abuse?
“Our experienced Mom will care for your child. Fenced back yard, meals, and smacks included.”
- I’m not sure this animal has found a home:
“Dog for sale. Eats anything and is fond of children.”
- This store might want to contact Santa Claus or check a calendar for guidance:
“Semi-annual after Christmas sale. Ends December 4th.”
- How much experience can such a young person have?
“Three-year-old teacher needed for pre-school. Experience preferred.”
- Perhaps the person selling this set probably ran the child day care center mentioned in #3, above:
“Mixing bowl set designed to please a cook with round bottom for efficient beating.”
- Not sure if Chester is going to miss his underwear or his dresser:
“For Sale: Chester’s drawers.”
- Does this jewelry store deal in baubles, body parts, or both?
“Today Only: Have your ears pierced and get an extra pair free.”
- I thought this was illegal in most places:
“Great Dames for sale. Free crate for housing included.”
- I’ll bet this maid service gets great tips:
“Tired of cleaning yourself? Let me do it.”
- Sounds like a tiring but pleasurable place to stay, doesn’t it?
“Our hotel has bowling alleys, tennis courts, comfortable beds, and other fun athletic facilities.”
- It’s a good bet this laundry lost some clients after placing this ad:
“We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.”
- No telling what this pest control company would do to uncles:
“Get rid of aunts. Our chemical does the job in 24 hours.”
- Finally! An honest used car dealership:
“Used cars: Why go elsewhere to be cheated. Come here first.”
- These crafts people might still be looking for a sale:
“Christmas tag-sale. Handmade gifts for the hard-to-find person.”
- Sounds like she gives good, clean milk:
“Wanted: Man to take care of cow that doesn’t smoke or drink.”
- I already have a swimsuit but I might just stop by this surf shop in Florida:
“Our bikinis are exciting, better than others. Ours are simply the tops.”
- This big-box store might need a new public relations representative:
“Our Superstore is unequaled in size, unmatched in variety, unrivaled in inconvenience.”
- This odd-jobs person just might be worth the money:
“Will oil your sewing machine, unravel your threads and adjust tension in your home for $1.00.”
- No comment:
“For Sale: antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.”