Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Stockings All Hung By The...

Over at the Haunted Mansion Holiday, one of my favorite decorations that I love are the stained glass in the portrait gallery.

One night, my friend and I decided to check out the Disneyanan store on Main Street U.S.A.  In the back portion of the store, sitting on the checkout counter was a Brian D. Sandahl sculpture depicting one of the stained glass portraits from the Haunted Mansion. After some thought, we brought it home.

We get home, find a place on the wall and hang it up.  As we are both looking how nice it looks on the wall, we bother read the text banner
"The stockings all hung by the chiminey with care.."
Wait, what?!
Something doesn't look right.
That's not how you spell it.
If you take a look at the one from the Haunted Mansion Holiday version, you will notice the correct spelling

How could no one see this mistake?
Granted, it took us a few moments to realize something wasn't right.

But how could someone overlook the misspelling of the word Chimney?
A little history on the word - It seems that in the 1200's, Chimney derived from the Old French Cheminee which made its way to English in the 1300's as Chimenai, which seems that over time became Chimney.

If one was unsure of how to spell the word, they probably would have sounded it out as Chim-i-ney and wrote it down that way.

Also the misspelling of the word can be found in the lyrics from one of Disney's most popular films ever made, Mary Poppins.
Mary Poppins?
If you were to take a look at a verse from the song "Chim Chim Cheree", it reads as follows:
Chim  Chim-in-ey Chim Chim-in-ey
Chim Chim Cher-ee
A sweep is as lucky,
as lucky can be.

I would assume tha this misspelling of the word is more for the melody than anything else. But I guess it wouldn't be wise to use this particular song when needing to spell out the particular word

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