T & A: a disappointment

ashie259

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I was astonished to receive a mailer from T & A telling me that they're doing a tie-in with the new James Bond film. Apparently this consists of the firm's "first 'Limited Edition' Shirt and Bow Tie combination".

The mailer itself is incredibly badly written. It's not just the random use of capital letters (see above). It's the spelling errors, poor syntax - oh, and downright untruths: "..every one of the actors who has played the roll [sic] of James Bond has invariably worn shirts and ties made by Turnbull & Asser." Indeed?

I'm amazed that T & A are lending themselves to this sort of tacky stunt. What on earth are they playing at? Honestly, modern life is rubbish.
 

constantmystery

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
similarly...

I remember receiving a solicitation from Newsweek magazine and they promised a free calculator with a year's subscription. In about 3 minutes time, I noted and circled no fewer than 18 spelling or syntax errors in the body copy.

So I returned their solicitation with my corrections and suggested they desist in providing customers with a calculator and purchase for themselves a dictionary and writer's style book instead.

I never heard from them again.
 

mrchapel

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
It would appear they need to hire a better design firm -- or fire the existing proofer.
 
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Khnelben

Senior Member
Well..

they may be right about the T&A and JB tie.

Every Bond wore shirts by T&A, until Brosnan switched to Brioni (these shirts can be noticed in Die Another Day).

But even Brosnan wore T&A ties.

As for the new promo, they are indeed doing a set of black tie and shirt for the new JB.

I am actually waiting for it.

Andrey
 

Sator

Honors Member
I remember receiving a solicitation from Newsweek magazine and they promised a free calculator with a year's subscription. In about 3 minutes time, I noted and circled no fewer than 18 spelling or syntax errors in the body copy.

So I returned their solicitation with my corrections and suggested they desist in providing customers with a calculator and purchase for themselves a dictionary and writer's style book instead.

I never heard from them again.

It is sad indeed that a company which ought to pride itself in its polished presentation can barely spell.

I have noticed that in recent years excessive reliance on the spellchecker has resulted in a gross decline in spelling standards (the translation is provided below):

"Ode to a Spellchecker"

Eye halve a spelling check her;
It came with my pea sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye kin knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.

A check her is a bless sing;
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule;
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore wee rote with checkers
Hour spelling was inn deck line,
Butt now when wee dew have a laps,
Wee are knot maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know faults with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier;
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud;
And wee mussed dew da best wee can
Sew flaws are knot aloud.

That's why eye brake in two averse
Cuz eye dew want too please.
Sow glad eye yam that aye did bye
This soft wear four pea seas.

Translation:

I have a spelling checker;
It came with my PC.
It plainly marks for my review
Mistakes I cannot see.

I ran this poem through it
You're sure real glad to know.
It's very polished in its way,
My checker told me so.

A checker is a blessing;
It frees you loads of time.
It helps me write, all styles to read,
And aids me when I rhyme.

Each phrase composed upon my screen
I trust to be a jewel;
The checker pores o'er every word
To check some spelling rule.

Before we wrote with checkers
Our spelling was in decline,
But now when we do have a lapse,
We are not made to whine.

But now because my spelling
Is checked with such great flair,
There are no faults within my sight,
Of none I am aware.

Now spelling does not faze me,
It does not bring a tear;
My papers all do gladden
With wrapped words far as near.

To write with care is quite a feat
Of which one should be proud;
And we must do the best we can
So flaws are not allowed.

That's why I break into a verse
Cause I do want to please.
So glad I am that I did buy
This software for PC's.

Quoted from:
 

going grey

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
All this doesn't surprise me at all..T and A were always a bit showbiz and flashy..great shirts to wear with jeans but they overpower most suits and their wilder though beautiful shirt fabrics probably demand that you buy a special tie that goes with the shirt. And then everybody notices your shirt not you.Then you can tell them that its all from T and A..Bingo! ...job done!
 

paper clip

Elite Member
"Own a piece of cinematic history"

I love how they are trying to make it seem like a collectible as well!

Very sad to see the old guard act like the new kid on the block.
 

medwards

Honored Professor | Moderator, All Forums
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RJman

Elite Member
Bah... the villains always dressed better... mopping brows with Charvet handkerchiefs (Emilio Largo), Anderson & Sheppard suit with vicuna sweater and Peal (bespoke or Green) shoes (Count Lippe), and perhaps a discreet Patek Philippe watch (Hugo Drax)...
 

rip

Elite Member
The mailer itself is incredibly badly written. It's not just the random use of capital letters (see above). It's the spelling errors, poor syntax -

I remember receiving a solicitation from Newsweek magazine and they promised a free calculator with a year's subscription. In about 3 minutes time, I noted and circled no fewer than 18 spelling or syntax errors in the body copy.

Along with most everything else, copywriting and proofreading has probably been outsourced to some 3rd World non-English speaking country.
 

wheelerray

Starting Member
It is sad indeed that a company which ought to pride itself in its polished presentation can barely spell.

I have noticed that in recent years excessive reliance on the spellchecker has resulted in a gross decline in spelling standards (the translation is provided below):

"Ode to a Spellchecker"

Eye halve a spelling check her;
It came with my pea sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye kin knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.

A check her is a bless sing;
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule;
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore wee rote with checkers
Hour spelling was inn deck line,
Butt now when wee dew have a laps,
Wee are knot maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know faults with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier;
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud;
And wee mussed dew da best wee can
Sew flaws are knot aloud.

That's why eye brake in two averse
Cuz eye dew want too please.
Sow glad eye yam that aye did bye
This soft wear four pea seas.

Translation:

I have a spelling checker;
It came with my PC.
It plainly marks for my review
Mistakes I cannot see.

I ran this poem through it
You're sure real glad to know.
It's very polished in its way,
My checker told me so.

A checker is a blessing;
It frees you loads of time.
It helps me write, all styles to read,
And aids me when I rhyme.

Each phrase composed upon my screen
I trust to be a jewel;
The checker pores o'er every word
To check some spelling rule.

Before we wrote with checkers
Our spelling was in decline,
But now when we do have a lapse,
We are not made to whine.

But now because my spelling
Is checked with such great flair,
There are no faults within my sight,
Of none I am aware.

Now spelling does not faze me,
It does not bring a tear;
My papers all do gladden
With wrapped words far as near.

To write with care is quite a feat
Of which one should be proud;
And we must do the best we can
So flaws are not allowed.

That's why I break into a verse
Cause I do want to please.
So glad I am that I did buy
This software for PC's.

Quoted from:


Funniest overreliance on spellcheck I caught was: "Client's sister, Vagina called and requested meeting."
 
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