I was walking along Bank Street, the main north-south arterial in Ottawa when I noticed the storefront sign.

For all I know it has been there for years, but usually I drive this stretch of road so I’m watching traffic not store signs. The spelling error, which I presume has been there for years, just jumped out at me.

I though about going into the store and asking about it. Certainly I’m not the first to notice. Part of me was wondering if the error was left deliberately as a conversation starter, something to get people into the shop.

Of course I’m making the assumption that I’m not the first one to notice the error. That couldn’t be the case, could it?



  1. Neil Abramson · · Reply

    DescriptionMenon is a subcaste of the Nair community of Kerala, India, and was an honorific hereditary title, often used as an affix to one’s name, bestowed by the various kings of Kerala to the members of certain classes of Nairs. Wikipedia

    It may not be a spelling mistake but it may not be what you think. Though having been an occasional editor, I imagine you are correct.

    1. I looked online – lots of places have Mennonite furniture for sale. I don’t think any of those have anything to do with Kerala.

      But thank you – I learned something I didn’t know before.

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