Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Typo?

I was working out on the store loading dock today, and I was using a pallet for a saw horse. I assume that the pallet was made in China, because what is not these days. At first, I didn't pay any attention to the spelling, because my poorly functioning brain doesn't pick up on typos all that good. After I looked at it a bit and saw what it said, I thought maybe it really was some kind of a word, but I finally decided that it was probably a typo.


I got to wondering; if something was important enough to label, wouldn't it be important enough to check the spelling, so the meaning wouldn't be lost? One of my favorite phrases is “if you know what they meant to say it's close enough”. The label on this pallet wasn't close enough to being right that it was clear to me what it meant to say. So it failed the clarity test.

I often don't know whether to laugh or cry over some of the Chinese/English translations. In many cases, it just gets too sloppy to understand.

So, I got to thinking, maybe the pallet really was RESUABLE, and not REUSABLE. Maybe, if I didn't like their spelling, and sued them over their lack of common diligence and lost, I could re-sue them, because the pallet clearly states that it is “RESUABLE”.




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63 comments:

spyrock said...

not everyone can spell backwards but that is how i used to set down type. however, it looks like that printing was made by a stencil which is pretty common for marking pallets. a stencil is made one letter at a time and its been a long time since i've seen it done but i believe the word is spelled backwards. most of the people i know rebuilding and marking pallets are mexican, many who don't know how to read or write english. they do try to copy what they see which doesn't always translate. generally most asians are better educated than mexicans these days. of course, a white person could have easily made that mistake because of the backward spelling. the real question is. how many they did like that before they caught their mistake.

Rose said...

It's OBVIOUS, Ernie, that pallet belongs to the "Paykeeper." Duh. LOL

Suzy Wannabe said...

well i thikn a post on typos, not to be confused with the most common blood type... O, of bloggers is most apropriate on this special Pagan day...Imblog (wich was yesterday when you wrote this). now i am not sure of the roots, bud i know that the SF(san francesco-not tooby confused with south fork) giants had a thrid basement in the early sixties named jose pagan, so i am guessing without googling that it started with him. probably it was really cold, even brigid, in the Bay and he was tired of waiting for spring training, so he started blogging, and that was the first blog...Imblog. i know his teamate willie was amaysed. now this was all way back before mespace and look-at-my-face-book, but we did have utube sox back then before utube went into videos. this is just some history of yesterday.

suzy blah blah said...

o man! that was really really raelly a foul ball, and btw fyi, my shtick
is my Nature unresuzable, even if you stencil it backwards... and
even if it IS Briget Bardo's blog's chinese tantrick deathday, or some shit, hmph!

witching everyone the best and sending luv... and fork
u
too wannabe,
s

Re: suzable said...

suzieblue: first i have to pick my teeth, then we can spoon, and "spatula", and fork happily!
Pax!

olmanriver said...

Now I'ma gettin' jealous. It's one thing to have to compete with damn good lookin' Oregon, but now there's a pair of SuzyBlueFlint imposters. Probably newcomers!
Well I'm over a hunnert an' fifty yars olde, and mighty proud of it. Been rollin' a long time. Folks was tougher back then, do I brag? Yep, I reckon' I am talking 'bout my generation.
And if any newcomer thinks he can curry her flavor bettern' me, well he can eat her hat. Is this in good taste?

millinerman said...

Sigh...
olmanriver, you don't know squash about women's hats do you? Suzy wears a turban :
" Turban Squash - Named for its shape. Turban Squash has colors that vary from bright orange, to green or white. It has golden-yellow flesh and its taste is reminiscent to hazelnut. Has a bulblike cap swelling from its blossom end, come in bizarre shapes with extravagant coloration that makes them popular as harvest ornamentals.

It is popular for centerpieces, and its top can be sliced off so it can be hollowed and filled with soup. A larger variety of the buttercup squash, the turban has a bright orange-red rind. Its flesh and storage ability are comparable to the buttercup squash. Use in recipes that call or pie or sugar pumpkin.

Available year-round - season is late summer through early fall."

Ernie Branscomb said...

Millinerman, I fixed you link for you. I can do that for people that are not signed up as blogspot posters. Like all us "Blue Names".

Rose said...

How do you do that, ernie?

Millinerman said...

Much obliged, blogmeister Ernie!

Aunt Janet said...

I love Chinglish instructions. It is usually good for a laugh. One such example had me in stitches, when it almost made sense, then veered off into left field, over and over. I had to read it aloud to everybody. I should start saving these for a comedy routine.

Anonymous said...

Suz on first?

Ernie Branscomb said...

So... Did anybody use my earthquake link over there on the left???

It was a 5.9 off petrolia at 12:20 PM.

Ernie Branscomb said...

My three martini lunch was shaken not stirred.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like some delirious tremors.

kaivalya said...

Ernie, you should check out one of my favorite sites:

http://engrish.com/

Robin Shelley said...
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Robin Shelley said...

Omar, did you know that the pretty damned good lookin' Oregon is now masquerading as Dennis Weaver in Washington? But never mind that... I just wanted to tell Suzy that only The Real Thing is good enough for me, BB! Anything else is, well, Pepsi.

suzy blah blah said...

funny funny thread specially liked the Engrish and My Generation links

huggles,
s

Real thang said...

Better huggles.

suzy blah blah said...

OK OK the competition is getting waaaay rough, first there's the threat from china, and now i have this Pepzi Blah Blah commenter who is obviously of the opinion that she's a superior blood type, or surfer, or huggler as the case may be, she probably knows how to google a classic coke in 3seconds without belching afterwords, but ... and let this is a warning to all u wannabes, Suzy may have to outsource my linkys but
this is one gurl who never gives up, usually.

Robin Shelley said...

Imposter-ous!

Halb Halb Yzus said...

Buuuuuuurp- You're right.

Howevah... you wanna see hot?--
"Coca-Cola's Calendar Girls were as amply endowed with ------------- as they were with natural American pulchritude."

Huggles with pulchritude!

oldmanriver said...

Hubba hubba, those gals are the bees knees!

suzy blah blah said...

whooaa... it's even worse than i thought, even worse then Mexican stencileers, worse than Chinise brakepeddlers, now this fake Suzy is trying to turn everything i said in the passed backwards ... and she speaks fluent Cokeknees and she can link here and their and eveywhere, she even has someone mimicking OMR's belching after words... but you'll notice that my Oregon has been strong handsome and silent lurking in the corner ... waiting like only a wise old veternan blogcommenter nose how to..

suzy blah blah said...

hey Oregon, --"pulchritude" why don't you ever say stuff like that?

just sayin' hon,
s

Idaho said...

What more than heavenly pulchritude is this?

suzy blah blah said...

(sigh)

Robin Shelley said...

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Suzy, but these (this?) faker(s) (imagine what a typo could do for that word - ha!) stink!

Oregon is probably too busy studying for the (Washington) citizenship test to be commenting/defending you right now! He'll show up eventually.

Percy Shelley said...

If it is true that irritation is the sin form of flattery (the root Latin word means "to make big"), then these (sup) poseurs with pseudonames similar to noted blog time-and-space-continu(yum) surfer Ms. S. Blah de Blah (the French side of her family retained the "de") are making her bigger, inflating her as it were. Make no typo about it, the myth grows, and
no amounts of { } or ( ) can explain the loyalty of the Suzy Blah Blah, may I say...cult.

Percy Brysshe Shelley said...

What sound rides the wind through trees and o'er meadow green,
This bubbling burbling like a brook, but not.
Bewitched and bewildered, I wandered, following the growing scent,
The incense came from a forest maid, blogging with sweet intent.

What corm be this astride fair head, some garden gourd, a boon?
A gift of fall when fields are brown,
A turban of harvest hue.

This hallowed head under hollowed gourd, whose name unuttered goes,
Her nom de plum, Lady Blah Blah j'assume , hints at more lovely than a rose.

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Anonymous said...

Well Suzy, I'm back home now and see people have been talking about me. All good as usual.
I think about your pulchritude all the time Suzy. I just did it in different words is all. To be honest, I had to look that word up and I found it somewhere between puberty and pull out.

Oregon

Idaho said...

Did you pass your Washington citizenship test, Oregon?

Anonymous said...

Idaho 3:13

Yes I did. I passed with flying colors. Actually all I had to do is show my Oregon citizenship papers and they handed me my new papers, no questions asked. I did have to pay them a little money though.

Oregon

Idaho said...

Thanks Oregon.
Did you have to get a new Driver's License picture? I did recently and I am convinced that some little techie geek has a program embedded in the DMV camera that instantly photoshops the hair off of your head. It was like someone had "hairbrushed" the front of my coiffure, or where it was last seen.
And they won't let you even wear a hat for your picture.
Anywho, stay warm and dry up thar in Washinton...it is a purty state.

Who is this Suzy Blah Blah? I am new on this site. I take it that it is desirable to...what did they say... "curry her flavor"? Any help would be appreciated.

Gabby Haze said...

Ernie, whose is the Blogking here has a loading dock. Only Suzy Blah Blah and he can use it. It was rumored that there was a hole to China right there-- and that Suzy Blah Blah and he were in on some scam to import flying pigs direct from China to start a company that would haul freight over, not through sensitive forest areas, but the truckers got wind of this and started the whole swineflu scare and that put an end to that scheme.
Beyond all that she is special here and we have fond regard for her. I would say she warms the cockles of our heart, but some snide whippersnapper would probably get rude.
That's just one view, you might hear more.

oldmanriver said...

Poor Ernie has no time to respond to this silliness, I have seen him bent over graph paper designs, with tools nearby, and seen little blocks of wood on his loading dock with fresh sawdust. He is a busy, busy man.

suzy blah blah said...

First we had to deal with the swine flew conspiracy and now it's the invasion of cheap little outsourced fake Suzy's --things have gotta change or the keys to freedom are lost forever along with the right to pursue happiness. It surely looks like we are doomed, but fear not, the real Suzy is working on the case Watson. We're smoking an extra pipe and doing research and closing in on the kingpin --Pepzi Blah Blah. Here's a picture that my researchers caught of her working the streets
Looks to me like she was made in China.

Name Withheld out of Fear said...

Do you think this was her as well...in better times. It would link, sorry, into the Chinese pig story?

suzy blah blah said...

my dear old man, watson, their are so many clues that youve left like a trail of breadcrumbs on this thread that every one gnows yuore back agian

now if i'm not anything but rite then someone named Suzy parked at the entrance to the hole to China on church street... where pigs have been allegedly reportedly flewn carrying black market Pepzi (herself some sort of antiSuzy whose cult has been chilling out for now, but they are ready to leave another clue)who has a red rav but there's more than one red rav and rite now there's a sale on Pepxi in stock coincidentally just down the street from the farmers market so let me connect the dots for you --the screaming women on the town square we gnow what they are screaming, but WHY are they screaming? .. follow the thread Watson, as it takes you to Oregon to Washington to Idaho to Suzy ho, the Pepzi cult that tried to return the devil's false idle to the shelves of California ... has a lightbulb lit up inside your head yet? Cough cough, hey what's the weather like right now, has there been any earthquakes lately in Humblodt? If so it's likely that another attack from china will be flying into the dock on church street. So ask yourself, who is the real screamer in this tale? Because you're not just reading the blog anymore, youre ... uh, well let me put it this way, ==sometimes we have a tendency to make too big a deal out of what we sometimes over do.

Crumby said...

Solar activity made me do it. Pepxcess duly gnoted.
Back to Bloghogging Anon, thanks for the polite intervention.

olmanriver said...

Wowza suz, looks like you cleaned out the troll here and put your imposter-poster to shame...'bout time!
Cheap imitation commenters, like the sloppy research you have descried, "are the scourge of the blosophere"!

And to "Crumby"...I hope you can stay with the program at Blog Anon--I think it will really help.

Trollking said...

Trolls don't go to blog-rehab on their own...was someone getting too close to some uncomfortable truths?
Just who is running the investigation here? And what did the full, unredacted report SAY?! OH no, no conspiracy to see here, move right along...

Trollking said...

See, see, "They" are messing with my links... I must have revealed too much about the ongoing investigation.

Idaho said...

If that is your Suzy, I can see why the fellas go on so here.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for Suzy.

spyrock said...

Claim: Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine.

Status: True.

Origins: Coca-Cola was named back in 1885 for its two "medicinal" ingredients: extract of coca leaves and kola nuts. Just how much cocaine was originally in the formulation is hard to determine, but the drink undeniably contained some cocaine in its early days. Frederick Allen describes the public attitude towards cocaine that existed as Coca-Cola's developers worked on perfecting their formula in 1891:
The first stirrings of a national debate had begun over the negative aspects of cocaine, and manufacturers were growing defensive over charges that use of their products might lead to "cocainism" or the "cocaine habit". The full-throated fury against cocaine was still a few years off, and Candler and Robinson were anxious to continue promoting the supposed benefits of the coca leaf, but there was no reason to risk putting more than a tiny bit of coca extract in their syrup. They cut the amount to a mere trace.
Allen also explains that cocaine continued to be an ingredient in the syrup in order to protect the trade name "Coca-Cola":
But neither could Candler take the simple step of eliminating the fluid extract of coca leaves from the formula. Candler believed that his product's name had to be descriptive, and that he must have at least some by-product of the coca leaf in the syrup (along with some kola) to protect his right to the name Coca-Cola. Protecting the name was critical. Candler had no patent on the syrup itself. Anyone could make an imitation. But no one could put the label "Coca-Cola" on an imitation so long as Candler owned the name. The name was the thing of real value, and the registered trademark was its only safeguard. Coca leaves had to stay in the syrup.
How much cocaine was in that "mere trace" is impossible to say, but we do know that by 1902 it was as little as 1/400 of a grain of cocaine per ounce of syrup. Coca-Cola didn't become completely cocaine-free until 1929, but there was scarcely any of the drug left in the drink by then:
By Heath's calculation, the amount of ecgonine [an alkaloid in the coca leaf that could be synthesized to create cocaine] was infinitesimal: no more than one part in 50 million. In an entire year's supply of 25-odd million gallons of Coca-Cola syrup, Heath figured, there might be six-hundredths of an ounce of cocaine.
So,
yes, at one time there was cocaine in Coca-Cola. But before you're tempted to run off claiming Coca-Cola turned generations of drinkers into dope addicts, consider the following: back in 1885 it was far from uncommon to use cocaine in patent medicines (which is what Coca-Cola was originally marketed as) and other medical potions. When it first became general knowledge that cocaine could be harmful, the backroom chemists who comprised Coca-Cola at the time (long before it became the huge company we now know) did everything they could with the technology they had available at the time to remove every trace of cocaine from the beverage. What was left behind (until the technology improved enough for it all to be removed) wasn't enough to give a fly a buzz.

Barbara "hooked on a feeling" Mikkelson

i started out on those 8 oz cokes in the early 50's, switched to 12 oz pepsi bottles when they stopped making the 8 oz cokes, and then drank 16 oz pepsi bottles until my gums wore out. switched to diet pepsi, no more gum problems or cavities, no more calories, carbs, or sugar. it's a wonder diet pepsi is still legal. pepsi came out with real pepsi in their latest ads. what does that mean?

Robin Shelley said...

Cocaine is still available by prescription, Spy. It's a Schedule II drug... many people don't know that... rarely used anymore & usually only in "cocktails"... but the stuff on the street probably provides a better kick for those who seek that kind of fun.
Remember when OTC cough syrup had codeine in it?

7% Solution said...

Nice segue... Sherlock Holmes was the first public "figure" to have a cocaine habit.
"...at the time these stories were written artists were expected to have addictions . And certainly Sherlock Holmes was an artist skilled in the art of deduction. Holmes played the violin, kept his tobacco in a Persian slipper and had a cocaine addiction to help him "escape from the commonplaces of existence.""

spyrock said...

thanks robin, i didn't know that was the connection with cough syrup. groovy knew about some cool kind of cough syrup back in the sixties. it was legal and we bought it at a store. i think we both drank a bottle each. it was sadie hawkins day at golden gate park. we found a nice spot on the grass and watched as all these ladies picked out a man and some of them led them into the bushes or not and had a ball right there in the glorious moment. we were wondering how come nobody was picking us. but we weren't moving around too much.
on the way back we hitched a ride with this man in a car that was so big it seemed more like a boat. but it stung not getting picked by sadie hawkins and neither one of us did cough syrup again. in fact, it was about 20 years later with a bad cold that i would tempt fate again. of course, now that i'm older, sadie hawkins is picking me all the time and balling my brains out. so what they say about things going better with coke no longer seems true. and i'm not about to ruin a good thing so i'm sticking with diet pepsi and fantastic sex.

Anonymous said...

No links?

Anonymous said...

Spyrock, I know once you make the link between sex and Diet Pepsi, it wll be hard to break the habit, but please do a little digging on the aspartamene topic.
At least, Never leave them in the sun for long, or drink one that has been setting out for awhile. Less formaldehyde that way.

Bunny said...

Boy, balling my brains out is a hard comment to follow, but I'll try anyway. When I was 6 I was given Characol which was a cough syrup with codeine. I still remember loving it and wanting more and more. When I was a teenager I had the same compulsion about Pepsi. I remember I would have to have a pepsi and would leave comfortable situations just to get one because I needed it. Then it was alcohol. I inherited the disease from my parents and it hit me hard right from the start. Thank God with my parents as a bad example I was able to quit at 29. I haven't had a drink in 35 damn years. And yes I still would like one every now and then. I'm just grateful those other drugs, those bad drugs never captured me.

spyrock said...

aspartame has been found to be safe for human consumption by more than ninety countries worldwide.[34][35] In 1999, FDA officials described the safety of aspartame as "clear cut" and stated that the product is "one of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved." [36] A 2007 safety evaluation found that the weight of existing scientific evidence indicates that aspartame is safe at current levels of consumption as a non-nutritive sweetener. [4] there you go, it's been hammer tested/
because i drank pepsi when i was young, i didn't like the taste beer because it tasted bitter in comparison. i didn't really start drinking beer until i was 28 and pretty much married for 25 years to someone from an alcoholic family. since that divorce, i'm mainly on diet pepsi, bottled water, red wine, and occasional modelo beer. it works for me. as someone who has worked in the food industry his entire life, i know how much pesticide is sprayed on our fresh fruits and vegetables and i know that the word organic means different things to different nations where we buy our food.
the point is, i may be more picky about what i'm drinking and eating than you may think.

suzy blah blah said...

Watson, i've found the astrologic connection to our little mystery! have yuo ever wondered why the abbreviation for pound is lb.? --and also why the abreviation for marijuana is pot?
well...
you may have noticed that the url here is
http://ernielb.blogspot.com/
take it apart and you have
ernie lb. blogs pot
and The form lb is actually an abbreviation of the Latin word Libra, itself a shortened form of the full expression, libra pondo, “pound weight”.
but why do they call it 'pot'?
--The nickname Pot comes from the Spanish word Potiguaya, which means Marijuana Leaves. It’s a Mexican-Spanish word that is a contraction of potaciĆ³n de guaya, which referred to an alcoholic drink made of marijuana leaves soaked in Brandy or Wine. The name became popular in the United States in the late 1930s and early 1940s.\
this is a big clue... i think that maybe a lb of pot may have been one of the old harvest measures from the Bricalaniada era in ancient Shumolia just after the, or was it before the, the er, the invasion of, uh, i'll get back to you... so much resaerch 2 do and so little time... i need to find out where the term "newcomer" came from and when it was implemented into the culture and by whom... then we can maybe tie this url clue together and find that hole to China and... and for once and for all have some peace around here, Pepzi or not.

suzy blah blah said...

Ok, okay all u Suzy and Pepzi fans, i almoast frogot --here's your gurly link

suzy blah blah said...

damn, that was supposed to link to China, oh well i guess for practical purposes Germany is close enough

Sententious said...

Brilliant researchology suz!
With all due respect for your placemat in our hearts, I, uh, well I was holding a mirror casually inspecting my, uh, high forehead, and my back was to the computer and I discovered more amazing facts:

Ha...lb Ha..lb Yzus!!!

I think we have gone over the 1,2,and 3 finger pointing analogies here before so I won't, uh, expound further.

Who is whom and just how are you any different from Mr.Ernie?

Anonymous said...

Hey spyrock, I am glad that you take care of yourself so well, that is wise.
I don't care what you choose to do, but I do want you to have the benefit of the best information from which to make your choice.
The credibility of the FDA on this one is extremely dubious which an easy online search of aspartamene, Rumsfield, and Searles will give you the health communities' view on the stuff and another story of blatant political interference with regulatory science.

spyrock said...

its too late dude. i've already drunk enough diet pepsi to kill all the rats on a slow boat to china. and any flying pigs on the return trip. what worries me is that back in the early 70's, all the organic ashram people told me that i could never be enlightened because i drank diet pepsi. they didn't like me smoking newport cigs on the swami's steps either. but my parents were great believers in norman vincent peale. so i believe in the power of pepsi or positive thinking. so in the famous words of john belushi, pepsi pepsi, hamburgur hamburgur.

that Dude said...

Fine response spyrock!