Thought I had been repeating my troubleshooting of a footer - and I had been!
Found that my text displays correctly, then incorrectly a few times, then correctly again.
Here's a generic form of the culprit:
</div> - last one here -per another theme.
<!--<?php echo $wpdb->num_queries; ?> queries. <?php timer_stop(1); ?> seconds. -->
<cite><?php echo sprintf(__("Developed by Hi Everyone!"), __("Did you want that spelled out?")); ?></cite>
<p class="credit"><cite>Powered by WordPress</cite>
Sprintf function problem maybe?