I am no grammar nazi, but come on Old Navy. If you’ve been commissioned to design T-Shirts for institutes of higher learning then you better be 100% correct with your grammar. Apparently, Old Navy was not. According to this Yahoo article by Piper Weiss, Old Navy made a pretty big flub when they decided to spell “Lets” in the phrase “Lets Go” without the appropriate apostrophe. If you’re scratching your head then you should know that the correct grammar would be “Let’s Go.”
“The mistake is particularly glaring considering the concept of the tee: it’s a partnership between Old Navy and 70 esteemed institutes of higher learning. Duke, Syracuse, University of Texas and Notre Dame, to name a few, all signed on to be represented on the Old Navy tee. Now they might be regretting that decision. According to Fashion ETC, Syracuse University officials are leading an investigation into who approved the copy. Maybe it’s the same person who signed off on this Wet Seal t-shirt.”
Let’s make sure, that this is the last Old Navy T-Shirt we feature here. Go UH Warriors!
I spotted this Homonyms T-Shirt over at Mental Floss (why don’t I subscribed to this magazine?) and thought it was uber witty. I then found the video below on YouTube and now my view of homonyms will never be the same. I should note that if you’re at work, the video below is somewhat NSFW.
Did you know that there are actually two different types of homonyms? Yep:
A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too.
A homograph is a word or a group of words that share the same written form but have different meanings. When spoken, the meanings may be distinguished by different pronunciations (in which case the words are also heteronyms) or they may not (in which case the words are also both homophones and homonyms according to the definition of homonyms as words with the same writing and pronunciation; however, in a looser sense the term “homonym” may be applied to words with the same writing or pronunciation, in which case all homographs are also homonyms).
Anyhow, here’s an interesting venn diagram showing the relationships between homographs (yellow) and related linguistic concepts.