Grammar-related tourism: the next big thing
comment 4 Written by on August 27, 2010 – 7:19 pm

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Following on from my recent post about travel buzzwords, I wanted to share a link to an amusing piece about five new types of travel. ‘Bungee climbing’ and ‘cramping’ get a mention, but my favourite has to be the proposed ESL tour. It’s inspired by the success of Eat Pray Love-themed tours.

“Based on Lynn Truss’s popular grammar-busting book Eats Shoots And Leaves, the ESL Experience takes you around the world in a quest to find the world’s most obvious spelling mistakes.

For those seeking instant gratification, the Home Tour takes you round London and New York, kitting you out with a chauffeur-driven car, a megaphone, a spray-can and a large marker pen – everything you need to ridicule and correct spelling mistakes you find, whether on restaurant menus, shop signs, billboards or people’s clothing. (We can’t always guarantee the locals will respond favourably, but remember – bad spelling is a sign they’re ignorant, so it’s for their own good).”

Read the rest of the tongue-in-cheek post at Fevered Mutterings by Mike Sowden.

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4 Responses to “Grammar-related tourism: the next big thing”

  1. Why thank’ee.

    But…tongue in cheek? How dare you slander my carefully-researched, sober, factual journalism. I will be contacting my lawyers. I suggest you do the same.

    😉

  2. Hahaha. I actually added that at the phrase at the last min. It’s a “NOTE THE SARCASM” hint for the people who sometimes happen upon my blog by google and write abusive comment because they don’t get it. Maybe I should just refer these to my able team of lawyers. Or add more winky faces 😉

    If people, do want to ignore the sarcasm and take a tour, I suggest they start at London’s Highbury Fields, where the ice-cream van reads: ‘Wer’e simply the best’.

    I’m know this makes me a hypocritical pedant, but I can’t walk by without thinking the ice-cream’s reputation is tainted by that apostrophe. I may pack my megaphone for my next trip to London.

  3. Aye. I hear you. I wrote this a while back – http://www.mikesowden.org/feveredmutterings/yorkshire-puddings – which some people read and took as fact. I suppose I should count myself lucky I didn’t end up having it referenced on Wikiepedia, as my budding writing career would be over by now, credibility in tatters….

    With some people, even winky faces don’t work. Even beating them in the face with a dayglo sign marked “LIES LIES LIES” doesn’t work. This is the danger of the Web: once your words are out there…well, they’re out there.

    As for the ESL tour…I share your horror. Passed a “Car Boot Sail” sign on the bus the other day, and spent half an hour imagining doing the equivalent of what John Cleese’s Roman centurion did to Brian and his faulty Latin grammar in Life Of Brian. “And pray how does this sail work? Does it help you turn corners when you’re driving? WELL???” etc.

  4. Love it. I am going to check on my Yorkshire Pudding crops now…

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