Postal Fail

I send packages all the time, and usually don’t pay attention to the flat rate Priority Mail™ boxes that are commonly used. I just fill, tape, address, and mail. We all do! So imagine my surprise when Son pointed this out:

You don’t see it yet, do you? Well, neither did I at first, and I’m a fanatical Sith when it comes to spelling and grammar.

That’s right: “Express” has TWO “S”s. (I maybe be a spelling Sith, but I’m not sure how to write the plural of one letter. STOP JUDGING ME!!!) And before you think it’s the French word for it, no it’s supposed to be in English. The French boxes have the circumflex accent ( ˆ ) above the second letter “E”.

Now, I won’t rush to judgment and condemn the entire US Postal Service for this. They probably contract out for such items. But it grates on my nerves that they can’t spell check, or at least decide on ONE spelling for that word. Seriously, pick English or French!

Just not Esperanto 😀


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13 responses to “Postal Fail

  • ArmedGeek

    At first I thought maybe dropping the extra ‘s’ to save money, but since the ink is red, and the letters let the white show through … it’d have been cheaper to *add* an ‘s’ ….

    International Expresssssssssssssss

  • Lizard

    This is was happens when you have illiterate people in charge of the printing process.

  • John DuMond

    Maybe removing the extra S improves the aerodynamics of the package, making it more suitable for airmail. 😉


    Did you notice that “express” and “Esperanto” are almost “espresso?”
    It goes much better with chocolate than the other two.
    Although getting chocolate by expres mail might actually be faster because the package is one “s” lighter.
    10 more days… 😉

  • GMLand

    mashete only has 1 ‘S’, what’s the big deal?

  • Mitchell

    This morning Verizon tweeted “The new iPad’s are here!” I instructed them in the proper usage of the apostrophe. They didn’t even thank me. Punks.

  • RabidAlien

    Heh. On a side note, during WW2, US troops were issued identification cards, but spelled it “indentification” (or something like that…there was an extra letter). They decided that it would be too much effort to fix the printing process and reissue cards to all the troops that were already out in the field, and since they expected a massive demobilization after the war, they just left the cards the way they were and fixed it afterwards. During the Battle of the Bulge, Germany sent special troops behind Allied lines (Skortzeny’s troops, although Hitler specifically forbade him from going with them, apparently Skortzeny knew too much and was too valuable to Hitler) dressed in Allied uniforms recreated or swiped from POW’s, troops who spoke perfect English and had lived in the US and would know all the usual checkpoint questions about movie stars and baseball teams, etc. Well…with typical Teutonic efficiency, when printing out the troops’ fake “identity” cards, they corrected the spelling of “Identification”. MP’s at roadside checkpoints quickly caught on to this, and soon everybody engaged in any sort of work was asked to produce ID’s. The German commandos wreaked quite a bit of havoc, switching road signs, cutting communication wires, rigging bridges to blow (or removing demolition charges so that Allied engineers could not blow key bridges to slow the German onslaught), or, in at least one instance, actually standing at a crossroads and MP-ing divisions in completely wrong directions and creating further traffic jams and confusion….but not nearly as much as was hoped by German high command, once everyone got wind of the ID cards. One little letter. That’s all it took.

  • The Real Dave

    I thought the word “mail” looked a lot like “mall” to me. But then again, I need a new prescription for glasses…

  • Anjin

    I’m not looking for hits, but check this out.

    “grates on my nerves…it does.

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