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"There should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think."What an amazingly dopey thing to say. I hope the speaker isn’t responsible for anything remotely approaching typographic decisions at his own airline.
This comes as no surprise. I traveled to Japan in 2005 and saw plenty examples of misspelled English signs. Not on airplanes though. After speaking with others it appears to be common place throughout East Asia. Just do an image search for "Funny Japanese signs" the internet is full of great examples.
I also see many mistakes in French on French signs, and in French forums ( and many mistakes in English, in English forums, including this one ) ..but that is down to the degeneration of English in both the UK and the USA , and of French in France..All down to appalling teaching and the subsequent illiteracy..and, as it is now considered to be incorrect or impolite to correct the errors in spelling ( not talking about typos here ) or misuse of words by others..Those making the mistakes remain, unaware that they are doing so..
In my opinion, that does them no favours..
"There should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think."
I've been trying to picture what they meant by "a blank gap"I assumed he meant there should be an F-sized empty space, as you get in dead-tree books when one piece of type is slightly out of alignment. (In ebook errata, I record it as “letter ‘F’ invisible”.) It is not perfectly clear to me why he thinks this is more likely than if the “F” were simply omitted. F is for Forgotten, kind of thing.
"Italy man says".."China woman spoke", "India ship sinks"Is it possible someone finally got it through to them that “Californian” is not an adjective, and now they’re hypercorrecting elsewhere?
"Musk to fly Japan billionaire around moon" ..Japan billionaire..not Japanese billionaire..
The BBC does that a lot..."Italy man says".."China woman spoke", "India ship sinks" etc
Cathay Pacific are based in Hong Kong not Japan though and there are plenty of native english speakers in Hong Kong.
but that is down to the degeneration of English in both the UK and the USA