Holy Days or Holidays?

Sometimes typos are almost delicious – like this sign at a cafe that mixes up ‘holy days’ and ‘holidays’.

‘Student night every Monday! (except school holydays)

I must confess that I went through a thought process before deciding that ‘holydays’ is not an intentional pun. I’ll blame the effects of the lead up to Christmas. The real give-away was the text at the bottom, which I couldn’t capture in my photo: ‘Conditions aply’.

I guess this is yet another example of someone who knows a word in speech but not in writing – so the written version becomes an approximation of what they hear, rather than what their experience in writing and reading tells them to use.