Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dear Kate,

Have you ever noticed how often people misuse italics, bold, underlining, or quotation marks in signs?

Like a sign in the hospital that said:
This floor is under video surveillance.

What exactly does that mean?  Is it literally under?  Why is this word emphasized??

Or how about the sign on a drinking fountain that says:
Out of Order.  Needs to be "fixed."

What?  To me that implies a spay or neuter.  Which is really weird on a drinking fountain, PS.

Have you ever noticed this before?  If you haven't, I can guarantee you will now.


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