Is This A Massive Typo?

Posted on 13th July 2011 in deli wrap/ McDonalds/ typo

The latest McDonald’s advertisement has been driving me mad. Looks like a massive typo to me…

I can’t help but notice that the billboard advert was pulled down almost immediately…. and if you do a google search the ad doesn’t come up. Maybe McD have realised and are removing them?

I do a lot of proof reading for work, so it’s hard to switch off the pedant in me. Am I over reacting or would you agree?

21st July 2011

The reply from McDonalds – it is apparently ‘an endearing play on words’…

I am contacting you regarding your recent e-mail addressed to Jill McDonald. I was sorry to learn of concerns and your comments have been forwarded for my attention from the managing director’s office.

I have now had the opportunity to discuss your concerns with our Marketing Department and project lead for the Deli Choices advertising campaign, who was also concerned to learn of your dissatisfaction.

I can advise that the phrasing used on this particular poster is a purposeful play on words.  The line ‘Comes in one-handy’ is intended to be an endearing play of the phrase ‘Comes in handy’.  The idea behind the advertisement‚s copy is that the McDonald’s wrap is convenience food on the go.  It is portable and can be carried around and eaten with one hand whilst the other hand is left free to get on with other things.  The fact that you only need one hand to eat the food gave rise to the idea ‘Comes in one handy’.

For more information on this campaign you may wish to visit our YouTube page:

Again, I am sorry that you are disappointed with our latest campaign and we have certainly noted your comments, which will be taking into consideration when planning future advertising.

Again, thank you for taking the time and trouble to write us and for bringing your views to our attention.

Yours sincerely


  • Reply marketingtomilk 13th July 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I think it’s deliberate, but a crap play on “handy” and “one hand” i.e. you only need one hand to eat it which makes it handy. duh. yep i think it really is that bad. Deliberate and bad.


    • Reply marketingtomilk 13th July 2011 at 7:56 pm

      oh and i reckon they took it down because of “one hand shandy”.

      he he

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 13th July 2011 at 8:37 pm

      When I first saw it I did wonder to myself if someone would have lost their job over it. It would sort of work if it said: “Comes in one. Handy.” or “Comes in one – handy” it would still be awful but it would be better. It’s the worst national marketing tag line I think I’ve ever seen.

      I’m lovin’ it…

  • Reply skippy 13th July 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Oh dear lord. Well spotted! That cannot be intentional; surely no one could be THAT thick?!

  • Reply Dawnie 14th July 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Is it just me who sees it and thinks of dodgy hand jobs? Or am I just dirty minded!

  • Reply Kailexness 30th July 2011 at 5:22 pm

    *smirk* #thatisall

  • Reply Neil 30th July 2011 at 5:25 pm

    This just looks phallic and innuendo a-go-go! Exploding wrap…..I mean…..

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