John Calipari’s Key To City Plaque Is Wrought With Misspellings

    April 13, 2012
    Chris Richardson
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While touring the state of Kentucky, showing off the hardware his Kentucky Wildcats basketball team won, head coach John Calipari is being treated as an untouchable, even more so than he was before he captured the school’s eighth championship.

Aside from stopping in small town Kentucky McDonald’s restaurants, Calipari has also been rewarded with keys to the city, courtesy of the city of Pikeville. There’s one small problem however. The commemorative plaque has not one, but two misspellings on it, which, when you consider the reputation of small towns in Kentucky, something like this only helps further the stereotypes.

As pointed out by Deadspin, not only is the “its” in “It’s Rightful Home” wrong, so is an earlier attempt at spelling the word “the.” Apparently, in Pikeville, the “e” in “the” is an optional inclusion. Here’s a closeup of the unfortunate spelling:


Sometimes, words don’t do enough justice, even in regards to misspellings. Let’s just hope that error was committed due to the city of Pikeville rushing to get the plaque made before Calipari showed up, although, one wonders just where in the hell quality control was at the time.

As for the Trophy Tour, according to Steve Moss’ Twitter account (@smosskyt), it’s humming right along:

The stop in Midway was humbling, to say the least. UK fans never cease to amaze me http://t.co/ib9ysJHs(image) 4 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Folks in Etown getting a random stop at Shoneys… Cal and the trophy about to surprise the folks(image) 1 hour ago via txt ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@UKCoachCalipari checks out the remodeling at Shoney’s in Etown http://t.co/dl199DEj(image) 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The Shoney’s staff genuinely surprised. Manager: “did you stop in because of our remodel?” Priceless!(image) 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

What can I say? Kentucky fans, even those who never step foot on UK’s campus, love their basketball team. So much so, apparently, their excitement causes some unfortunate misspellings.

  • http://KentuckyBasketball Jim Sullivan

    I hope they don’t change the plaque. I have been to Pikeville several times and I think not only a great gesture on the part of the folks in Pikeville but what a great conversation piece I love it to my great great basketball team The Wildcats. Do it again in 2013 and maybe you will get one with correct spelling. Jim Sullivan in Virginia.

  • http://KentuckyBasketball Jim Sullivan

    This is great love the plaque.

  • http://www.vintagebaubles.com Anne

    Alas, the wrong “it’s” is not just a misspelling–it is a sign of a lack of understanding of proper grammar. For some reason, people today don’t know, don’t care, or aren’t being taught the difference between the contraction “it’s” for it is, and the possessive “its” (belonging to). This is also true to some extent with their/they’re/there and other similar word constructions, but is omnipresent with it’s/its. I don’t understand how this could happen. People don’t know proper usage today (of many things), and don’t know that they don’t know. I blame a lack of emphasis on the basics in school, along with reliance on spell check instead of old-fashioned dictionaries and writing grammar and style guides. And on too many so-called “web journalists” who have no grasp of the English language. People see it in writing “on the web” and assume it’s correct. Not!

    It makes this country look like it is full of dolts. (Which maybe it is.)

  • http://www.vintagebaubles.com Anne

    Oh, and may I point out that the word “to” in your article title and on the plaque should not be capitalized? It is a preposition and, as such, is not capitalized in a title unless it’s the first word in the title (or the last, but one oridnarily would not use a preposition as the last word in a title).

    So, there are three misuses of grammar on that sign, and one (at least) in your article. Be careful of accusing someone else of errors when you yourself have made one!

  • http://www.vintagebaubles.com Anne

    Alas, I’ve just spotted yet another mistake in your title–the word “is” is a verb, and as such, SHOULD be capitalized! (Methinks you need a copy editor review your pieces before you sling stones.)

  • http://www.vintagebaubles.com Anne

    And “with,” as a preposition, should NOT be capitalized.

    And I, as a professional copy editor and writer, should know better than to dash off corrections without carefully and completely reading that on which I am commenting! So, “bad on me” as well.

    The title of your article here, correctly capitalized, should read:
    “John Calipari’s Key-to-City Plaque Is Wrought with Misspellings.”

    (Note that I’ve hyphenated the compound adjective for better reading comprehension. I realize that “contemporary” usage generally fails to do so, but sometimes the hyphens really need to be there for the reader’s benefit. The writer knows what the writer means and what modifies what, but it’s easier on the reader if we clarify through punctuation!)

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      “Note that I’ve hyphenated the compound adjective for better reading comprehension. I realize that “contemporary” usage generally fails to do so, but sometimes the hyphens really need to be there for the reader’s benefit. ”

      Clearly not because you understood it just fine. Look like contemporary usage knows what it’s doing after all.

    • Therese

      As a copywriter, I find the trophy incident both amusing and sad. It happens and people make mistakes. I find it even more sad that the professional writers and editors leaving comments are catty and rude – it gives my copywriting profession a bad name. The writers and editors on here must be perfect grammarians and never make a mistake.

      There are many people who write for the internet who are professional writers with journalism degrees (including myself). Not everyone is a “dummy” who writes for the internet.

      If you don’t like the articles or writers, then don’t read articles on WebProNews.

  • http://www.torontonicity.com Lori Bosworth

    Chris, Before you report on someone else’s errors, you might want to check your own LOL e.g.
    ‘As pointed out by Deadspin, not only is the “its” in “It’s Rightful Home” is wrong…’. You have inserted an extra “is” before “wrong.”

  • DelJean

    I like how a story about typos and misspellings has several in it. Very ironic, very meta.

    Well done, sir.

  • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

    It’s pretty interesting. What’s also interesting are the mistakes in your column. Do you understand English grammar? And can you spell eighth? As in “the school’s eight championship.” Real smart. And this sentence is horrible: “The commemorative plaque has not one, but two misspellings on it, which, when you consider the reputation of small towns in Kentucky, something like this only helps further the stereotypes.” You haven’t got a clue about what you’re doing, do you? There are about five or six other errors in this very short article. Before you go throwing rocks you should make sure your glass house is in order. Does WebProNews have any people that have any journalism training? I haven’t seen any yet.

    • http://www.vintagebaubles.com Anne

      Tom, I agree! I had posted two comments, also pointing out errors in the article itself, previous to the one of mine that shows up here, but it looks as if I was censored. There are three blatant errors in the title of this piece alone (To, is, With all incorrectly used–should be to, Is, with), along with the confusing compound adjective, which is made so much clearer with the hyphens.

      As you alluded to, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones!

      The problem with internet “journalism” and blogging is that many people who have had no journalism or writing classes are writing up a storm. Their common misuse of the English language then becomes “accepted” because other people who are not writers see these mistakes and assume they’re correct. Pete Hamill is correct when he decries the “dumbing down of America.”

      • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

        And no, Anne. You weren’t being censored, otherwise NONE of your comments would’ve shown up. Try again.

        • http://www.vintagebaubles.com Anne

          Thank you, Chris. Is there a reason, then, that my other comments didn’t appear? And, btw, I wasn’t implying that you personally are one of the internet “journalists” who have never taken a writing or journalism course.

          Also, while I recognize that contemporary usage does not “like” hyphenated words, since many writers can’t look at their work from the reader’s POV, it’s really much easier to just use the hyphens than to try to figure out which compound adjectives need them and which don’t…. Same with serial commas. I’ve seen some horribly obtuse sentences that, when used without the last serial comma, become very muddied as to meaning. Much easier to just use the last one to avoid confusion right upfront.

          And you do agree with me, I assume, about the title of the article?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      Tom, after looking at your the “services” you offer on your SEONorthAmerica nonsense, you might want to table ANY criticism you have about anyone on any topic whatsoever. Oh, and the sentence you pointed out is structurally fine. Maybe a little obtuse, but grammatically, there’s nothing wrong with it.

  • http://www.vintagebaubles.com Anne

    Although I see you fixed the “Is,” but not to and with….

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      All caps for the win. 😉

  • http://www.vintagebaubles.com Anne

    “All caps for the win.”

    Alas, not correct, though. Both “Chicago” and “AP” style guides would agree! Although I’ve been writing a very long time and you may think me “old fashioned,” I have not yet seen any modern usage or rule change that states that prepositions get capitalized in titles! (Unless, of course, they are the first or last words in a title, but that would rarely happen.)

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      Sorry, I was trying to lighten the mood.

      • http://www.vintagebaubles.com Anne

        Ah, sorry! Mood duly lightened!