A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 13, 2012
“Spelling is a lossed art”

’Spelling is a lossed art” is a jocular saying (a pun on the misspelled word “lost") that has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts and posters. “Spelling is a lossed art” has been cited in print since at least 1990 and is of unknown authorship.


23 August 1990, Miami (FL) Herald, ‘Spray-can gangs aren’t American graffiti artists,” pg. 2G:
“Spelling is a lossed art.”

Google Groups: alt.windows95
Fuzzy Fox
12/28/96
(...)
“Spelling is a lossed art.”

Google Groups: comp.periphs.scsi
Fuzzy Fox
1/25/97
(...)
“Spelling is a lossed art.”

English Forums
Spelling is a lossed art!
27th August 2003
Pemmican:
I just LOVE this pun, it’s gorgeous!!

11 January 2010, Aiken (SC) Standard, “Daily Bridge Club: Thrown for a Loss” by Frank Stewart (Tribune Media Services), pg. 4C, col. 1:
My friend the English professor says that spelling is becoming a lossed art.

WritingWebWords
Spelling is a lossed art
This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 5:25 pm
The header is for fun but…never have I been more nervous about a post on this blog. It has to be perfect. If I make a single typo, it will undermine everything I’m about to tell you.

Boston (MA) Globe
EDITORIAL
Spelling: No longer a lossed art
JANUARY 13, 2012
According to tradition, Andrew Jackson once groused that “it is a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.’’ The seventh president did much to democratize the young nation’s culture and politics. But his disdain for proper spelling, happily, never became the American norm.

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Spelling is a lossed art.
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