Monday, March 17, 2008

Irish Channel

The Irish Channel Pub, just down the street from where I work, has two of these big professionally printed banners up outside their St.-Patrick's-Day-overflow tents.



It's a pretty impressive mistake, considering the number of people that had to be involved in ordering, printing, and hanging the banners. I asked one of the waiters there what a severed drink was, and he just kind of looked at me.

11 comments:

mike said...

How do you know it's a mistake? Just 'cuz one waitperson isn't in the loop on it...?

Rob said...

Well, if your the kind of person who likes his drinks severed in the Real Irish way, you know where to go tonight.

Melissa said...

And if you're the kind of person to misuse the word "your," you probably shouldn't go tossing stones about!

[sorry--couldn't resist!!] ;) ;)

Rob said...

Damn, did I make that mistake? Oooh. That's a pet peeve of mine. Hell and blood.

Rob said...

But ok, that underscores why this is so amazing. You noticed I'd made that mistake and pointed it out to me, right? It sticks out like the mutant sore thumb that ate Tokyo. But someone at the Irish Channel made a far more egregious error that completely changed the meaning of what s/he was trying to communicate, and evidently neither that person nor the person who printed the banner nor the person who received the banners from the printer nor the Irish Channel employee who put the banners up noticed the mistake, which was in letters about a foot and a half tall. Really, it boggles the mind.

hsempl said...

Obviously, they were made in China.

And hey, we've all been the underpaid sign-hanger-uppers who say "eh..whatever."

If it were at the exit to the tent, and said "Drinks not severed after this point," then that might make sense.

mike said...

And really, I've seen worse. I've seen obvious typos in custom-made neon signs.

Rob said...

And of course there's Arlington's famous WAFLE SHOP, just down from the Birchmere. I still haven't stopped in there to see if they actually serve wafles.

An Briosca Mor said...

Maybe what they mean by drinks being severed is that at some point the bartender is going to cut you off. I imagine there was a lot of that kind of action happening there yesterday.

And having been at that Irish Channel pub once or twice (didn't the Sunday session happen there a couple of times?) it seems to me to be the kind of pub you'd want to hit only after you were already drunk and looking to get cut off fairly quickly. Probably moreso yesterday.

And it's also pretty likely that every employee at that place except for top management is not a native English speaker, it being the restaurant business and all. And the top management there is probably jaded Irish guys who, when presented with the screwed-up banner by the Latino guy who ordered it and signed for it, probably said Fuck it. The green-beer crowd will probably be so drunk they'll think it's spelled right.

But it does make a good visual to express what St. Patrick's Day in America is all about. Like the cheese I should have bought at Costco the other day just so I could blog about it. It was a wedge of cheese with three layers, orange, white and green, intended to mimic the Irish tri-color. Above the display was a big sign that said Imported from Ireland. But if you looked at the fine print on the package, there it was: Made in England. Which means some enterprising Irish company got the Brits to manufacture some Paddy's Day kitsch for them to turn around and pawn off on the Yanks. People think the Irish don't have much of a work ethic or business sense, but they really just don't understand.

Orion said...

This again shows the value of professional proofreaders. We have to proofread lots at my job...it is not an easy thing...especially because the mind seems to "habituate"...meaning at least for me...that your mind and eye will understand what it is supposed to say and gloss over the fact that in fact the letters are not actually spelling out what you want them to. It's a scourge!

pleasurefromthethorns said...

if you're ever in the mood for some great pho and some bad "engrish" sign typos in the rockville area, check out pho 75 at 771 hungerford dr (rockville pike). the sign on the door advises against parking next door at the radio shark. radio sharks are NO good!