Kiryat Motzkin, north of Haifa, has embarked on a campaign to change its street signs following publicity over a laughable parade of mistaken and inconsistent spellings in its English renderings of names, reports www.mynet.co.il. The city said the problem was well known, and with some of the signs as much as 40 years old, they would be changed for more modern ones with uniform spellings.
According to the report, a stroll around the city reveals a litany of inconsistent and erroneous spellings, with names sometimes even being spelled differently on both sides of the same sign. The first name of former prime minister Menachem Begin appears as both "Menachem" and "Minaaham," while the leader of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising appears both as "Anilevitch Mordecai" and "Anilevitse Mordekay." The late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menahem Schneerson, appears as "Schnoarson;" Israel's first President, Chaim Weizmann, becomes "Weizmamm" and "Veizman;" and Holocaust martyr Janusz Korczak becomes "Kortchak" and "Korchak." There are streets called "Usishkin" and "Osishkin," "Yedfat" and "Yodphat," and even one triple variation with "K.K.L.," "Kakal" and "Kaka'l."
"This subject is known to us," a municipal spokesman said. "We are speaking about old signs that have been in the city for more than 15, 20, 30 and 40 years. The city has a plan to change most of the signsâ€¦ for signs that are modern, up-to-date and especially are written in a uniform and correct way."