Saturday, June 14, 2008

Simple Amusements: Chester

The Craigslist furniture section is a favorite of mine. I love to check it out from time to time, and see what people are selling. Sometimes there can be true treasures on there, and other times, well...not so much.

And, like anywhere else online, you can run smack into some very creative spelling, never mind what the object itself is. I'm enough of a vocabulary geek and book nerd to get ridiculous amounts of amusement out of this.

As you might imagine, fancy-er, non-phonetic words like 'armoire' get brutalized regularly.

And 'Rod Iron' gets substituted for Wrought Iron all the time.
(Rod Iron just has to be somebody's porn name!)

But far and away, my favorite, guaranteed-to-make-me-snicker favorite is:
Chester Drawers.

Nope, not 'chest of', but Chester.

If one were actually looking for chester drawers, one might find something like this, from THIS ad:


Ick.

And to be sure that I wasn't being a snob and a moron, I Googled chester drawers just to be safe. Apparently, it's on a LIST of 100 commonly mispronounced words and phrases.

In case you think I'm just being picky about words, caution is advised, because CHESTER DRAWERS is also a children's author and songwriter, and he looks like this:

Great incentive to choose your words carefully, right?

5 comments:

Ream O Rama said...

My very favorite which happens with scary frequency is the "Automan".
For me, I have visions of a rechargeable mass market houseboy to vacuum, rub my back, and do the windows but they are referring to the footstool like thing for your feet. Seriously disappointing.
Oh, the other concerning thing? A large number of these Automans (Automen?) are being sold by Emory GRAD students.

Silly Monkey said...

Chester drawers! LOL.

I had a woman email me to say she was going to buy the "whole kitten caboodle."

Silly Monkey said...

I just read the list of 100. Fun. I actually say a few of those. ;)

Some of things that bug me about New Orleans are:

"Jury" as in "My husband's going to buy me some gold jury for my birthday."

"Needed to" (instead of "needed at") as in "Fred, you're needed to the jury counter." I hear this almost every time I'm in a store. "Sue, you're needed to checkout #3." "Joe, you're needed to the front desk."

"MY-naz" as in, "Would you like my-naz on your turkey sandwich?"

And this bugs me about 90% of the population:

Chock-lit. Come on, we all know it's CHAWK-LIT! ;o

Great Dame said...

"For me, I have visions of a rechargeable mass market houseboy to vacuum, rub my back, and do the windows but they are referring to the footstool like thing for your feet."
Well, damn, I wish someone would sell the automatic houseboy version!! LOL!

Silly Monkey, I can't stop laughing over the 'kitten caboodle'. Kinda sorta like back in the days when I was involved in dog rescue and had tons of emails referring to dogs that were/were not 'spade'.

The South is definitely chock full of fun (mis)pronunciations, but I take comfort in the fact that,unlike my northern relatives, I have NEVER referred to a soda as POP!

Silly Monkey said...

ACK! Not pop! I'm from the North, but no one said pop in my area. That was always a "western" thing, as in west of lower eastern NY. ;) And my relatives in North Dakota say pop. Here, they're "cold drinks" or "Coke." Orange Coke, rootbeer Coke, etc.