November 4th, 2010

did you notice anything?

Nov 4 2010
1:58 pm
melissa writes:

It took me a few looks. Interestingly, my last name when I was married had a Q not followed by a U. It was a Moroccan name.

Nov 4 2010
2:20 pm
anna writes:

Yes. It’s difficult for me not to notice things like that. Unfortunately.

Nov 4 2010
2:21 pm
Liz C. writes:

No “u” in requires? And that I looked at it immediately:)

Nov 4 2010
2:22 pm
cassie writes:

yes!! hard to miss it!

Nov 4 2010
2:34 pm
Mari writes:

Typo! (Can’t help it. I’m a longtime editor.)

Also, Keri, I just bought a copy of Wreck This Journal at the SFMOMA – I’m visiting the Bay area this weekend and went to the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit, saw your book in the museum shop afterward when I was buying postcards, and used the opportunity to snap it right up. :) Digging in!

Nov 4 2010
2:36 pm
Megan writes:

You misspelled ‘requires’?

Nov 4 2010
2:37 pm
Moe writes:

required is missing an important letter!

Nov 4 2010
3:23 pm
Jenny Smith writes:

No U. I got it right away sister!

Nov 4 2010
3:53 pm
Karen writes:

That would be a neat way to say “Missing U” :)

Nov 4 2010
4:06 pm
deedra writes:

missed it completely. didn’t figure it our until I read other posts.

Nov 4 2010
4:08 pm
Celine writes:

the “u” in required is definitely required. I noticed it almost right away

Nov 4 2010
4:10 pm
Celine writes:

the u in required is required. I noticed it right away

Nov 4 2010
4:14 pm
Anna writes:

me too, but maybe that is because I am not a native speaker (reading a bit more carefully?)? Or would that be an argument for the opposite? Anyway I saw it right away.

Nov 4 2010
5:11 pm
Clara writes:

Karen, that would make such a cute greeting card for a compulsive proofreader like me :)

Nov 4 2010
5:13 pm
Russell writes:

lol, nope. I couldn’t find it until I looked here. But then, I tend to drop letters all the time anyway.

Nov 4 2010
5:39 pm
Folkscallmejonny writes:

reqires (no you = isolation). requres (no I – zen state of egolessness) reuire (no queue =immendiate service) quire = choir , rechoir = to change the vocal arrangement

Nov 4 2010
6:10 pm
luna writes:

there is no “u”. i missed that my first time around.
FOLKSCALLMEJONNY::: i love your comments. they always make me think.
keri~ i love your books!

Nov 4 2010
6:13 pm
Lauren writes:

If it’s a ‘surface’ thing – I spotted the missing ‘u’ right away. If it’s something deeper – well, then, it’s completely over my head!

Nov 4 2010
6:46 pm
Taylor writes:

:) smart. It actually took me a few looks. But another thing I noticed was the small smudge on the paper.

Nov 4 2010
7:54 pm
Joan Meris writes:

hahaha, i have to read it twice to notice :p

Nov 4 2010
10:09 pm
Jennifer writes:

I’m so terribly unobservant and dyslexic that I completely failed to notice.
I only understood when I read others comments :( I wish I had realised it sooner, its so obvious now.

Nov 5 2010
1:47 am
pixie writes:

funny you. we are still loving Mess so so so much. my son thinks he’s died and gone to heaven.

Nov 5 2010
2:19 am
Jill writes:


Nov 5 2010
2:59 am
wild roses grow writes:

I normally pick these sort of things up instantly (I’m a little OCD like that), but yours I had to read over twice. Maybe because it was more like an illustration than typeset/font kind of thing. It’s almost like my brain wanted to fill in the blanks and make it a picture. Gestalt?

Nov 5 2010
3:10 am
Folkscallmejonny writes:

The “R” of REQIRES is slightly mis-drawn. I love the shape of the internal space within the “Q”.

Here’s something I’ve discovered. The label of Chanel No.5 is probably one of the plainest in the whole world of advertising and design. Try drawing it from memory and then compare it with the original. You’ll become aware of the hundreds of decisions the designer had to make to create it.

Nov 5 2010
10:47 am
Ann writes:

In this age of texting, missing letters hardly matter any more. We knew what you meant even without the “u” And as I write this, I feel slightly seasick.

Nov 5 2010
10:59 am
nastya writes:

well, i guess that “you” didn’t notice anything, as it’s not there :)
maybe it’ll drop in later and have a look

Nov 5 2010
11:44 am
Folkscallmejonny writes:

@ANN,do you mean Csick? Good point. In the history of human activity unified spelling and widespread literacy are both relatively short term phenomena. You have to admire the way language goes its own way, it doesn’t stand still, it resists attempts to be controlled or manipulated. It allows for a certain level of internal breakdown and still gets the job done. It does all this with charm and playfulness. What’s not to like?

Nov 5 2010
12:26 pm
laura writes:

karen, your comment is brilliant!

Nov 5 2010
2:17 pm
Michele writes:

Yes – if you read the first letter of the first 3 lines it tells you to TRY.
Love love love this blog Keri and thanks Folkscallmejonny for the refreshing viewpoint! Keep up the good work everyone…

Nov 6 2010
6:16 am
Chisa writes:

I’m no English native speaker, but I realized that there should be an “u” in require. But maybe that’s just because all words in German with “q” also require following “u”s.
Love the writing anyway!

Nov 6 2010
10:53 am
Maria writes:

Usually I don’t write or speak english, but anyway I noticed it.
In catalan or spanish theres is always a U following a Q. The Q never walks alone. Never.

Nov 6 2010
12:15 pm
mydeerfriend writes:

*Gasp* There’s a U missing!!

Nov 6 2010
2:15 pm
ztods writes:

I didn’t find, my english is so bad…

Nov 6 2010
5:52 pm
Danyella writes:

There is no “u” in “requires” I noticed it as soon as I read the word!

Nov 7 2010
12:17 am
Menachem writes:

Woot! Jonny! Woot! There is no purity of language and perfection is exactly what you describe.

Nov 7 2010
12:41 pm
Maria writes:

Karen, I love your suggestion!

Nov 7 2010
12:47 pm
Leah writes:

hahah, I hadn’t noticed.. I resorted to reading the comments

Nov 7 2010
8:45 pm
gareth writes:

Was it not deliberate. After all it is requiring U to take part.

Nov 9 2010
8:49 am
Lindsay writes:

I noticed it on the second scan. I love the responses though. A lot of thought went into interpreting your meaning.

Nov 10 2010
12:00 pm
debra cooper writes:

Maybe I’m still a little tired, but I didn’t notice the U until someone pointed it out. I thought it was a trick question. And I have an English degree. I guess that tells you something about my spelling skills and how important I think they are!

Nov 14 2010
3:37 pm
tranquil visionary writes:

spot the difference?

Sep 12 2011
10:54 am
KYLIE writes:

REQUIRES is spelled wrong

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