I want to know.

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

Ms. C

About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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4 Responses to I want to know.

  1. Barbara says:

    IDOBYKS still makes me smile–especially knowing the story. Thanks!

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  4. Kathy says:

    NOPCME- urologist plate also

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