“Typos a la Carte” by Jane Black. The Washington Post, June 18th, 2008.
What should you do when you find typos on a restaurant menu?
The presence of an improper apostrophe on a menu can ruin an otherwise delicious meal for a white person. Jane Black recommends asking for an extra copy of the menu, taking out a pen and marking all of the mistakes. When you are finished, you should then leave the restaurant with the hope that the chef will see the mistake and correct it before your next visit. This is considered the best solution since it allows you to use proper grammar while simultaneously avoiding confrontation (#128 in the book).
The other option is to simply recognize that the typos, while egregious, do not prevent actual meaningful communication on these menus. This would allow you to escape the tag of “elitist,” “pretentious,” or “banned from eating here for the rest of your life.”
It is the duty of every white person to correct typos. It is worth the risk of banishment to deliver proper grammar to those who need it.
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