LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - A misspelled word on a government sign in Livingston Parish is getting some heavy traffic online.
A picture of the sign in Livingston Parish has gone viral on social networking site, Facebook.
The sign is located in front of the parish office complex.
After seeing the error, some people are wondering whether their elected leaders know how to spell.
There is a $20 million dollar structure under construction at the Livingston Parish Governmental Complex. It will include a courthouse and an Office of Motor Vehicles. It is located west of the parish office building, at the end of Government Boulevard. The street name stretches proudly across the entrance sign. But a label four lines below has lots of people talking.
"That's like our government. They can't spell," Jack Watson said.
The word "govermental" is misspelled. It is missing the letter "n".
The word is spelled correctly on all other signs on the property.
9News showed a picture of the sign to some residents at a nearby ball park to see if they would notice the error. It took most of them a few guesses.
"Governmental Building, Office of Motor Vehicles, Parish Council, Livingston. I don't know what that part is," Watson said.
"I think you got me stumped on that one. I'm not sure. Give me a hint," Allan Lee said.
Lee said he had no idea there was supposed to be an "n" in government.
Most of the people 9News talked to noticed the error after we pointed it out.
"Yeah they could have did spell check. I mean they have it on our cell phone. So, it's not like it's not there," Brittany Sibley said.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said the sign has been this way for about four years. He drives past it to get to work. Even he was stunned to learn of the typographical error.
"I went and looked because I was like you have got to be kidding because how many years? How many times? How many? Since I've been in office how many times have I gone by this sign and I never looked at the sign because I knew where I was going," Ricks explained.
Ricks, who took office in 2012, said he recently learned when sign was put up four years ago someone caught the mistake. But he said someone made the decision that it was too expensive to change for one letter. So it never got corrected.
Ricks said he has contacted an architect to have the sign fixed. Ricks is not angry. He is amused that one letter could cause such a stir.
Residents admit, they too, have found humor in the error.
"I don't spell too good," Watson laughed
"At least I don't feel too bad if the parish got it wrong," Lee chuckled.
Ricks said the sign should be fixed within the next couple of weeks, no cost to taxpayers.