I love personalized license plates. I especially like the ones that so creatively use the sound of letters or numbers to build their plate – plates like N2 COWS or GR8T or 4SAKEN. My dad often talks about his favorite personalized plate of all time – CME2PEE. It belonged to a urologist.
I love my personalized plate - IDEALST, but sometimes after seeing a super creative plate I long to come up with something that takes more effort to read…something so clever that everyone who reads it and understands it admires me for my creativity. It only takes a few minutes toying around on the North Dakota personalized license plate search site for me to realize that all the really good things I come up with were already thought of by more brilliant personalized plate owners.
I think I notice personalized plates more than most. That is how I came to my most recent curiosity. I saw a plate late last week that read TECHER. I immediately thought the plate intended to convey the word teacher. If that was the plate’s point – mission accomplished. But I have to tell you, I have been haunted by that plate. I want to know why a teacher would leave the “a” (of all things) out of teacher? Why not leave out the second “e” or have the plate read I TEACH? Why not EDUCATE or EDUCATR? How did a teacher reconcile dropping the “a” from the plate?
Normally I would appluad such an attempt, but the lack of the “a” in the word teacher is driving me crazy. I want to know why? Why no “a”?
Unless the plate was never intended to be read as teacher but instead was something else all together – perhaps it was technology-focused…perhaps it was “TECH”ER. Or maybe it was the person’s last name or a nickname. If you know the answer – I sure do want to know – or perhaps I should say, IWNT2NO.
Day nine hundred and sixty-seven of the new forty – obla di obla da