Local company warns Nick Saban, 'your next'

Marquee sign at Witt's Lumber in Knoxville.
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The third Saturday in October has been known to bring out some undercurrents of rather impolite behavior in both Alabamans and Tennesseans.

Earlier this week, some anonymous miscreants painted The Rock on UT campus crimson with the message "Roll Tide, Roll" — along with some other choice words.

Most recently, Witt's Lumber in Knoxville has updated their marquee sign to say "Dear Mr. Saban. Your next. Vol Nation."

Graham Watson of Yahoo! Sports posted it with a warning not to poke the bear (ie, Alabama coach Nick Saban) because it "never works out well."

I don't know about taunting Saban, but the folks at Witt may have riled a few English teachers.

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johnlg00 writes:

Nobody said one had to have a degree in English to be successful in the lumber business. Besides, if the sign had been spelled correctly, most of the people in our current post-literate age who read it would THINK it was wrong!

Alpha-Snail writes:

Your wright! ;-)

volfreak#210492 writes:

English teachers? How about everyone that gives a hoot about language?!?!?!!?

Maybe we can refer to the local rag as "Knocks-vill Knews-Sintnil" or maybe the sign should be outside who gives a "Whit Lumber"

Naw spellin' don't matter none....

johnlg00 writes:

in response to volfreak#210492:

English teachers? How about everyone that gives a hoot about language?!?!?!!?

Maybe we can refer to the local rag as "Knocks-vill Knews-Sintnil" or maybe the sign should be outside who gives a "Whit Lumber"

Naw spellin' don't matter none....

You're preaching to the choir, buddy, but I'm afraid this battle has been lost a long time ago. Decades ago, it was thought that the advent of radio, national newspapers, and TV would lead to an almost unprecedented regularization of language. Regional accents and local idioms would gradually disappear. The internet has ironically reversed that trend. Now everybody can write almost as they please. Spell-check programs seemed to free everybody from the need to know how to spell words, but of course they don't do anything about word usage, and over time even the very meaning of words has become "individualized" as well.

lonesome_dove writes:

the problem here being that this Witt Lumber fellow didn't have the advantage of a Common Core curriculum during his formative years or we can be certain he would have never made such a grammatical gaffe.

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