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Misspelled Milipitas (sic) Sign on Highway
NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, May 9, 2013 | Lisa Fernandez and Mariane Favro

Posted on 05/09/2013 12:09:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway

There are typos. And then there are typos.

Caltrans could have sure used spellcheck when putting up a new green highway sign Wednesday night on the northbound side of Interstate Highway 880.

It's misspelled.

Instead of directing people to Milpitas off state route 237, the sign directs them to "Milipitas," with an extra "i."

An alert motorist with excellent spelling skills notified NBC Bay Area about the mistake on Thursday. NBC Bay Area then alerted Caltrans, who said the news agency was the first to report it, according to spokesman Bernard Walik.

Before noon, the misspelling was covered in white. The sign will be fixed within two weeks. He said there would be no cost to taxpayers, because the contractor who made the mistake will have to remedy it on his own.

This is not the first misspelled roadsign. Google images is full of sings with extra "t's" and missing "e's." School was spelled "shool" and "temporarily" was spelled with two "ll's."

Check out some in these images below.


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Made with the same care the Bay Birdge is being built with.

1 posted on 05/09/2013 12:09:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; CounterCounterCulture

Milpitas being invaded with millipedes.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 12:10:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Google images is full of sings...

You would think that the news editor would have gone over this story with a fine tooth comb before posting it.

3 posted on 05/09/2013 12:12:33 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kingu

I hate it when the road sings. We have to turn the radio way up!


4 posted on 05/09/2013 12:13:37 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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To: nickcarraway

Now if they spelled it “Milliways”, that would have been creepy...


5 posted on 05/09/2013 12:13:41 PM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Old Sarge

“Milliways”

If Millie weighs 237 she needs to go on a diet!


6 posted on 05/09/2013 12:17:22 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: nickcarraway

When I left Erie, PA 25 years ago, I had seen a sign almost every day for years that got under my skin. On my way out for the last day, I stopped in the business and asked “ How much did you pay for that sign out front?” the guy said a lot. Why? I said “Get your money back. You’ve been screwed” He went out with me and looked up at the sign that said “Baber Shop”. For 15 years nobody had noticed it.


7 posted on 05/09/2013 12:17:42 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: nickcarraway

I think that’s from the Algonquin for “many delicious flat bread sandwiches”.


8 posted on 05/09/2013 12:18:03 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: kingu

9 posted on 05/09/2013 12:20:49 PM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: nickcarraway

The way I learned to care about spelling on the job was through nuns who would make me rewrite a whole essay to correct any spelling or punctuation errors. Ouch, needless to say! : )


10 posted on 05/09/2013 12:22:10 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: nickcarraway; mikrofon; martin_fierro

He who is without typos, let him cast the first scone.


11 posted on 05/09/2013 12:23:32 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Spellbound.)
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To: nickcarraway
Gov. Brown on Bay Bridge Bolt Problem: S--- Happens
12 posted on 05/09/2013 12:24:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SaraJohnson

Yikes. How many times did that happen to you?


13 posted on 05/09/2013 12:25:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’m gonna drive over there just to see how this idiots misspelled Milpinas


14 posted on 05/09/2013 12:26:02 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway; mikrofon; martin_fierro
Millipitas:


15 posted on 05/09/2013 12:29:53 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (From scones to pitas.)
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To: Vendome

Better do it at Sunday 2:00. That is a pretty Trafficy place, right?


16 posted on 05/09/2013 12:30:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: andyk

You beat me to the idea. See post 15.


17 posted on 05/09/2013 12:30:56 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (From scones to pitas.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Lulz


18 posted on 05/09/2013 12:34:24 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: nickcarraway
"This is not the first misspelled roadsign. Google images is full of sings "

Um......

19 posted on 05/09/2013 12:41:36 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: kingu

or a fine tooth coam.


20 posted on 05/09/2013 12:44:23 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Safetgiver

Reminds me of an old Beetle Bailey cartoon. Sarge is pointing and telling the owner his “Douhgnut Shop” sign is misspelled. The last frame shows Sarge leaving, munching on a big bag of doughnuts, and the owner saying “you wouldn’t believe how much business that sign brings in” to the person behind the counter.


21 posted on 05/09/2013 12:45:24 PM PDT by philled (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: nickcarraway

English as a Second Language is common among state workers in California now and it’s entirely normal to see phonetic spellings...which are usually wrong, but do sound the way they say it.

Just one more charming aspect of being here in the “New America”.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 12:46:34 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: CatherineofAragon; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson

"Google is alive ... with the sings of mispell ..."

23 posted on 05/09/2013 12:53:23 PM PDT by mikrofon (What do you do with a town that's named Milpitas?)
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To: nickcarraway

I worked for the State of Alaska DOT for 25 years and we had one sign sent from the vendor that read: BIEK XING. It was never installed, since our guys could actually read.


24 posted on 05/09/2013 12:56:38 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: dainbramaged

But then you had a rash of BIEKs being hit by cars.


25 posted on 05/09/2013 1:05:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: kingu

My daughter had included directions to her wedding, which was at the beach, in the invitations, when her (then) fiance caught that she had written “follow the sings” instead of signs. He was so upset that something like that almost went out to his family they had a big fight over it. The wedding went on just fine.


26 posted on 05/09/2013 1:16:43 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: nickcarraway

California actually has what is probably the best highway signage of any state in which I have driven. Highway signs in California keep drivers aware of what highway they are on, what direction they are going, and how far it is to communities and route junctions down the road. In California, I don’t recall ever having gotten lost because of the lack of highway signs or trying to follow signs that were ambiguous, misleading or confusing.

In my experience, New Hampshire is the worst state for highway signage, followed by Maine, Pennsylvania, Texas and Nevada. States in which I have experienced good signage include Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Vermont and Virginia.


27 posted on 05/09/2013 1:21:49 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Safetgiver
"Baber shop"? Perhaps the shop was owned by someone named for the founder of the Moghul Empire
28 posted on 05/09/2013 1:26:16 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: nickcarraway; goldstategop; theothercheek; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; left that other site; ...

Because of the dumbing down of education that has been going on in the public schools for decades, it’s pleasantly surprising that misspellings on highway, street, and other traffic signs aren’t more common than they seem to be. After all, the dedicated public servants that make the signs are most often products of those dumbed down schools.


29 posted on 05/09/2013 1:45:14 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

30 posted on 05/09/2013 2:58:52 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Spellchek makes all of us jeniuses!


31 posted on 05/09/2013 3:40:17 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: nickcarraway

Over, and over, and over again.


32 posted on 05/09/2013 3:53:57 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

33 posted on 05/09/2013 3:56:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

34 posted on 05/09/2013 3:57:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Now that thar’s funny ... I don’t care what ya say!


35 posted on 05/09/2013 3:59:15 PM PDT by glennaro
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To: Fiji Hill
California actually has what is probably the best highway signage of any state in which I have driven. Highway signs in California keep drivers aware of what highway they are on, what direction they are going, and how far it is to communities and route junctions down the road. In California, I don’t recall ever having gotten lost because of the lack of highway signs or trying to follow signs that were ambiguous, misleading or confusing.

Last time I was in CA, they had half of the light bulbs for the signs turned off, so you could barely read the most excellent signage while trying to negotiate the traffic that was poorly lit because half of the highway lights were turned off. It was a very frustrating and dangerous situation.

36 posted on 05/09/2013 4:19:22 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: mikrofon

LOL


37 posted on 05/09/2013 4:40:41 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: justiceseeker93

Before you make your next smug and STUPID remark about public education, consider this: the sign may well have been made by an illegal working in the sign shop. Take up their misspelling with the Messycan public school system.


38 posted on 05/09/2013 7:23:15 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Libloather

Is that a real photo of football field in # 30 or a cartoonist’s drawing or painting?


39 posted on 05/10/2013 5:49:28 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: EinNYC
Please don't feel personally offended. IIRC, you are a teacher or retired teacher, so I understand where you are coming from. The dumbing down of public education in general is a fact, however. (A relatively few public schools aren't tarnished by it.) It has relatively little to do with the quality of the teachers, more so the quality of the pupils - especially so-called “minorities” - and the political correctness of the school systems in dealing with them.
40 posted on 05/10/2013 6:04:33 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

It’s a painting during a classic Snickers commercial. Try Google.


41 posted on 05/11/2013 2:43:00 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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