Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The spelling policewoman arrives at the Dairy Queen March 7, 2018

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CAN YOU SPOT the misspelled word?

I won’t apologize for pointing this out. I’m a wordsmith. An English minor, mass communications major. A former newspaper reporter. Long-time writer and poet. Proofreader. And if I go back something like 50 decades, an alternate to the Redwood County Spelling Bee.

Now math, I stink at that. But words, oh, how I love words. And Peanut Buster Parfaits.

HOW ABOUT YOU? Can you spell? Are you a word person, a numbers person, both or something else?


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30 Responses to “The spelling policewoman arrives at the Dairy Queen”

  1. Brenda R Says:

    I feel I am a words & numbers person. Nothing drives me crazier than someone writing the wrong to, too, two or there, their, or they’re!! What really irritates me is when teachers I know spell something wrong 😜 Not to mention someone pronouncing words incorrectly like calling a bonfire a “bombfire” 😜 “Warsh” is another 😜! When did they add an r to wash? As far as numbers go- I just enjoy them! I’ve always had a thing for remembering birthdays and special days of people. Did you know for instance that if you’re married on a Saturday, your first anniversary will be on a Saturday again either 5 or 6 years later depending on how many leap years fall in between? But it will always be on a Saturday 11 years later or any multiple of 11!! I probably would have enjoyed being an accountant- but don’t think I could have sat in an office that much!

    • I expect your ability to remember numbers is a significant asset in your job as a rural mail carrier. Randy always wanted to be a mail carrier, but ended up as an automotive machinist.

      You made me laugh with the “warsh” and “bombfire,” which I’ve never heard.

  2. I see it and I am guilty of correcting spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. I did look up the definition of a par fay and did get a reference to parfay (one word) related to parfay is parfait. The definition of parfay is interj. 1. my faith, verily. I love a good mystery behind a word I do not know the meaning off – hello! dictionary time. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  3. Randy Says:

    OK so parfait is misspelled. I’m thinking the signage is done through DQ,wonder if other outlets have the same sign??? maybe. Also I think sundae is spelled wrong too, everyone knows it’s spelled Sunday.

  4. Don Says:

    I m a taribl spelr! Numbers OK but spelng ………………..nah not so good! I use spell check all the time

  5. Almost Iowa Says:

    Par Fays

    Hey maybe it’s Spanish. As in “for people named fay”. Oops, that would be “para Fays”.


  6. Marilyn Donnell Says:

    If you are reading a book from the public library and notice some discreet little correction marks, I may have been the one did a little editing in the book. I can’t help it.

  7. Sue Ready Says:

    I am wondering if they did that misspelling on purpose to catch one’s attention??

  8. wbamwine Says:

    Might be intentional

  9. Norma Says:

    I’m also a word person. As for the word “warsh’, That is a word that comes from the Southern states. My grandma was born in Arkansas, and she and her siblings used that word. As a young child, I thought it was a word. It was for my grandma. I would never have thought about correcting her.

    • Thanks for sharing that “warsh” story. I expect each area of the country has its unique pronunciation of words. For example, I do not use the word “ant” for “aunt.” But we Minnesotans tend to draw out our long “o”s.

  10. Valerie Says:

    Did you mention the spelling to an employee? It’s kind of funny – but, also too bad it’s so obvious.

  11. Robynne Black Says:

    Oh dear, yes, noticed that right off the mark Audrey. Its ‘parfait’, with a stronger emphasis on the ‘fait’, not to be confused with ‘fey’ which can mean a little bit odd, fairy like or otherworldly. Can just see my French teachers eyes rolling. Like you, I was an English, languages, music student. We might not always say, but we ‘notice’.

  12. Beth Ann Says:

    Well it is a very blazing error, isn’t it? Par Fay. Hmmm. I wonder why they have it spelled incorrectly. After doing a little checking I see that Webster considers it an obsolete word (and one word with no space) but the meaning was – my faith, verify- which makes me wonder why it is no longer a word. Do words just drop out of our vocabulary? How does a word become obsolete? I know a lot of words I would like to make obsolete. 🙂

  13. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    I’m not the best with spelling and grammar but I always try to read what I write over and use spell check. One thing that annoys me is adults who write and speak in texting lingo. Nothing is worse than an adult speaking OMG or #omg

  14. I am definitely a word person. I hate math and numbers. I also like “par fays.” I can catch a glaring mistake in someone else’s work, but still consistently miss my own mistakes after I hit the publish button.

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