I saw this Help Wanted flyer in my local grocery store the other day and it made me smile.
The most unusual hours I ever worked were on a swing shift from 4pm to midnight as a copyeditor and proofreader for yellow-page phone directory ads.
There was a day shift too (I shared a desk and a computer with the day shift employee), but as one could earn a few cents more per hour, I decided to work the swing shift.
On my shift, the company building was always dark, empty, quiet, and calm—the only occupants were two small teams of graphic designers and copyeditors. The idea was efficiency—the swing shift copyeditors worked on the ads that had just been produced by the day shift graphic designers and vise versa.
What other jobs out there have unexpectedly unusual working hours?
My inner copyeditor was gleeful when it came across three fun real-life errors in one day!
A Perspective on the Prospective Employee
This paragraph is from a work email introducing an employee taking on a new position.
Prospective—an adjective meaning “likely to happen at a future date; concerned with or applying to the future.”
Perspective—a noun meaning “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.”
In our regional dialect, many people likely pronounce “perspective” as “prospective.” I suppose we all know what is meant—even if we don’t know how to spell it or say it.
An Unusual Date
This is a flyer from our local ski resort:
The date is pronounced “twenty-thirth,” I imagine.
The Curious Case of the Canine Dog
This paragraph is from a news article about electronics-sniffing police dogs.
I can only imagine that the officer quoted in the article was referring to a “K-9 dog”—which we all know is a term for a police dog—and the reporter recorded this as “canine dog”—which just looks redundant and silly.