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Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Funny! on 07/27/2011 17:46:21 MDT Print View

Okay, now we're talking. Usage and grammatical errors are interesting when the confusions they engender are funny.

Here's my favorite street-sign error, based on unclear pronoun reference:

"Prepare to stop when flashing."

I'd just like to say that on principle, I refuse to stop. I have never flashed, I am not flashing when I read the sign, and I never intend to nor am I capable of flashing. So there.


Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: 2nd person plural on 07/27/2011 17:55:34 MDT Print View

"Or Castilian Spanish: vosotros."

Interesting. The Arabs occupied Spain for some 700 years. I wonder...

Do they also follow through with dual endings on nouns in all cases and verb conjugations?

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
punxuashen on 07/27/2011 19:12:33 MDT Print View

I, am the king, of comma splices.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
comma splices on 07/27/2011 19:32:46 MDT Print View

I hate to break it to ye, mate. Those aren't comma slices, this is a comma slice. ;-)

Syntactically yours,

Sargent Stargazer, of the Delaware Grammar Police

Edited to add the "Sargent." Funnier, nicht wahr?

Edited by nerdboy52 on 07/27/2011 19:39:10 MDT.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: comma splices on 07/27/2011 19:35:21 MDT Print View

You think you're so smart, and you're probably right. :)

Daniel Fosse
(magillagorilla) - F

Locale: Southwest Ohio
Re: Funny! on 07/27/2011 21:02:42 MDT Print View

Don’t worry Thomas. In the unlikely event that you begin flashing, you are only required to prepare for stopping. It is quite possible that the stopping will occur outside of your own volition and the sign merely aims to warn you of the possibility. In a reality where people are flashing it would not be presumptuous to expect involuntary stopping.

If we take the abstractive definition of flashing, perhaps the sign warns us that we will be stopped, by police, for indecent exposure, when flashing.

James Patsalides
( - MLife

Locale: New England
Pet peeves on 07/27/2011 21:26:21 MDT Print View

Insure vs ensure.
Affect vs effect.
Disinterested vs uninterested.
Break vs brake.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Re: Funny! on 07/27/2011 21:38:59 MDT Print View

And another road sign funny is the sign that says 'Do Not Pass' If I can't pass that sign, how am I supposed to get down the road?

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
about sign interpretation on 07/28/2011 06:31:28 MDT Print View

This talk of signs reminds me of a funny incident on the way to a trailhead. It wasn't an issue with the sign itself but more how it was interpreted. My son was four at the time. On the drive he told his Daddy that he had to go and Bryan pulled over to the side of the road. We were in a fairly isolated area but there was a "no parking" sign. It was the sign that had the big red "P" with the slashed circle on it. My son exclaimed to his Dad "I can't pee here!!" Bryan said, "why?" and Tobias retorted "the sign says no peeing!"

Jennifer W
(tothetrail) - MLife

Locale: So. Cal.
Re: Funny! on 07/28/2011 14:23:22 MDT Print View

My favorite street sign is, "Cross Traffic Ahead."

I always wondered what it was so mad about.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
and... on 08/08/2011 00:54:43 MDT Print View


Edited by Franco on 08/08/2011 00:55:35 MDT.