“Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign”
–Signs, by Five Man Electrical Band
Signs are everywhere, with production values ranging from professional to amateur. While my wife and I appreciate old fashioned communication, we also observe and take delight in the many signs and notices bursting with poor grammar. Some of the grammar is so poor that your guess is as good as ours in determining the meaning of the sign. We have decided that we cannot keep this joy to ourselves and will be sharing pictures of signs that contain poor grammar on this blog.
Almost everybody is guilty of an occasional grammatical error (and I imagine I am making a few in this post), so nitpicking a decent effort to communicate is not the purpose of the Signs of Poor Grammar feature of this blog. Instead, this feature will highlight the absolutely atrocious errors, the ones that hurt your eyes and insult your intelligence when you read them.
Without further adieu, here is Signs of Poor Grammar #1, spotted outside of The Franklin Institute:
Hmm…perhaps this author meant, “Phillies: Champs. Obama’s next!” Ok, so this one isn’t too terrible, but we have to start somewhere.
Feel free to share your own observations of signs with poor grammar (grammar AT rubywahoo.com)
PS “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” is deactivated for this portion of the blog =)