I went with some friends to a local cafe for lunch on Tuesday.
I wish someone would teach whoever wrote 'Caeser Salad' on the whiteboard menu at the entrance what the correct spelling is.
There are also a number of very obvious mistakes on the laminated, printed menus they have on the tables. You would have thought that someone would have checked those more carefully at least. I can only assume that the owners printed and laminated the menus themselves. Otherwise, I hope that any reputable local printer would have picked up on them.
I think the owners are Eastern European, so English is probably not their first language, but most of the staff are English.
I was with a couple of friends who are retired Primary school teachers and when I pointed out the above, this led to a discussion about the general decline in standards of written English. They agreed with me that one major problem is the fact that many of today's teachers were never taught English grammar and spelling when they were in school (or even during teacher training). So it would be unrealistic to expect them to be able to teach the importance of using correct written English.
When I was a student 40 years ago, I can remember a serious discussion at the Faculty of Arts board (of which I was a student member for a year) about the possibility of introducing basic literacy tests for applicants (not just those whose first language was not English).
So perhaps, the problem has been around for longer than I think. Especially bearing in mind the fact that it was the Faculty of Arts, not the Faculty of Science. Apologies to any scientists on here, but my experience was that the standard of written English amongst Arts students was generally higher than that amongst Science students. Perhaps because we had to write long essays, which generally Science students didn't.