Prom without proofreading

prom theme

Via ABC reporter Chuck Goudie’s Facebook page.

About Joanne


  1. I’m amazed that people (journalists, politicians, academics, etc) don’t see this for the crisis it is. The system simply isn’t working in many areas and the repercussions will be vast.

  2. If I was a student at that high school, I’d be ashamed to admit I attended or graduated from there. It’s just amazing that a lack of proofreading or common sense would have detected this issue.

    Recently, a survey was done asking college students if they could name a single US senator or congressman, only 1 student could name Rep. Ted Cruz, but all of them knew the hit song from the Disney Movie “Frozen”.

    Makes ya wonder how good that expensive college education is anymore .

    • Richard Aubrey says:

      WRTthe survey, I’m wondering about the feature/bug thing.
      WRT “are”, there are two issues. “our” is pronounced differently than “are” which is one reason “sound it out” doesn’t work in the absence of standard English pronunciation.
      The other, to be more charitable than is my habit, possibility is that a kid did this and a grownup decided not to embarrass the kid, presuming it would get fixed somewhere further in the process.
      OTOH, during one of the Detroit teacher union actions some years ago, we hoped the teacher carrying a sign, “No way, hosay” was being funny.

      • GoogleMaster says:

        In some dialects, “are” and “our” are pronounced the same. I have even heard a dialect where “our” sounds like “or”. Presumably in your dialect you pronounce “our” like “hour”.

        • Richard Aubrey says:

          I have relations in the South, and a couple of other reasons to travel there. I also get a Milwaukee radio station with a call in show. And I was born in New England.
          I love dialects. Except Bronx.
          Thing is, even most dialect speakers know the difference because they’ve been taught proper spelling or because they’ve been exposed to standard pronunciation.
          In the above case, neither has happened, and, if my charitable impulse was overly charitable, neither has happened to a number of layers of the ed biz in that area.

  3. Michael E. Lopez says:

    This is a totally understandable error.

    Someone heard about “Story Arcs” and decided that their Prom should have one.

    Or maybe it’s a prom theme based on the new Noah movie.

  4. I don’t see this as having anything to do with dialects or speech. The only way you would get the two confused is if you rarely, if ever, read anything. The distinction in printed matter is clear and obvious and no third grader who is an avid reader would never make this mistake.

    • Richard Aubrey says:

      rob. We’re not talking about avid readers, third grade or otherwise. Eight years old or thirty-eight years old.

      • No, we’re talking about functionally illiterate high schoolers who will probably be getting a nice diploma in a couple of years. If a job application requires even a few sentences from them, they are doomed.