Historic Ryde Society

‘Giving Ryde’s Past to the Future’

Historic Ryde Society Quiz Night Thursday 28 September 2023 at Yelf's Hotel, at 7p.m. for 7.30pm.

Sir, During the last few days my “ocular demonstration” has been much offended by the bad spelling which is exhibited in and about the town of Ryde. I should have thought that the fact of a Royal residence being so near would necessitate that “Queen’s English” would be the rule, but anyone can see that in many instances it is the exception. I do not know if you possess the luxury of a School Board in this delightful resort, but I hope that steps will be taken at your places of education to enlighten the minds of the rising generation as to the proper use of commas, full stops &c., and more especially to teach them to spell correctly, for I find that in one of your streets a house is styled “The Observatary”, and a short distance from it a notice cautions the would-be offender against “depositeing” certain rubbish &c; while near one of the railway stations an enterprising tradesman emphatically informs the public that something is done in all its “branchies”. Near the Pier is a large notice board, written in an uncomfortable style, with the information upon it considerably mixed, and interspersed with pot-hooks and hangers, with an apostrophe turned into a full-stop and placed at the bottom of a word &c. I think that probably more of such incongruities can be found, but verb sap.

Yours obediently,
Ryde 11th July,1887

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