This Typo Really Bugs


Pest Control Truck Typo

I spotted this typo on a pest control service truck on the freeway one day. Oops! It looks as if the “n” in “environment” got caught in a mouse trap.

I understand completely how this happened. The “n” in this word is nearly silent. What we usually can’t hear in words when they’re spoken, we usually leave out in spelling them. Here are some other words with that issue that plague us like termites:

  • Mathematics (We really don’t pronounce the “e” in the middle.)
  • Column (The “n” at the end is silent.)
  • Elementary (We barely hit the “a” in the word when we say it.)

What are some words along these lines that are as annoying as flies to you?

Happy reading and writing, my friends!

Sean C. Wright is the author of the short story collection A Gathering of Butterflies and the novella Honey Riley. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit


Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for The Real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass, but to educate.