PittGirl’s Pet Peeve

Dear Kaufmann’s:

I noticed your new prom dress window displays called “Starry Nites.”

First, I would like to thank you for chopping the weird pod/alien heads off of your weird pod/alien mannequins. Much improved, thanks. I always prefer headless mannequins to pod/alien mannequins.

Second, we have enough educational hurdles to jump over when it comes to the youth that you are targeting these window displays to without you intentionally (I hope) misspelling the word “night”. It isn’t “nite.” That’s not a word. Why did you do that?

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If your next display is entitled “Thru the nite lite” I’m going to find a brick.




  1. Anonymous
    March 22, 2006 11:38 am

    I agree with you 100%! I am an English teacher and I hate it when words are spelled wrong like night, etc. in advertisements, song lyrics, or anything else for that matter. I cannot even tell you how many times I grade essays with misspellings that are readily used in media. It is difficult to fault the students when that is what they are constantly seeing all around them.

  2. Julie_Gong
    March 22, 2006 12:04 pm

    My friend from Erie always spells it ‘nite.’ I excuse it because she’s from Erie.

  3. Dwight
    March 24, 2006 4:28 pm

    Sorry PittGirl, according to Merriam-Webster Online, “nite” is a word. Not that I use it myself, but it is a variant of “night.”


  4. pittgirl
    March 28, 2006 9:59 am

    Actually, “ain’t” is listed in MW as well and I don’t consider that to be a word either.

    These days, any variation of a word, correct or not, can get in the dictionary if it gets used enough.