A friend posted on Facebook showing a company (or maybe a school) notice which reads as "committed to excellense". Of course my friend is making fun of it, but I really doubt that there could be a reason to write "excellence" as "excellense". Can anybody explain this?

I also searched on Google, and there are multiple similar notices. One can see an example at Pinterest.

Thank you.

  • Was it Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel; or St Trinian's? – Edwin Ashworth Aug 14 '15 at 9:00
  • You can see the image following this link: [link] pinterest.com/pin/291959988314235622 – yibe Aug 14 '15 at 9:02
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    You'd have to ask the people who made the sign. Most likely, they just don't know how to spell excellence, but it may also be a deliberate misspelling for whatever reason, like this Australian church sign. That's not really about English as such, though. It's a misspelling, that's the only part that's about English—the rest is about the people/school/church/company who made the sign. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 14 '15 at 9:07
  • They managed to spell 'committed' correctly and put 'exc' instead of 'exs', so I wonder if it was deliberate? – Julie Carter Aug 14 '15 at 10:21
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about a simple typo. – tchrist Aug 14 '15 at 12:10

"[Whatever] to excellence" is a common tagline attached to company names or profiles. My guess is that in this case the author is using this misspelling for rhetorical (humorous) effect.

See: catachresis

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