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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ya know what I mean?

                                                                       By Trina Boice
                                                                       http://www.boicebox.com/


You know what I mean? I hear that question a lot in conversations lately. While writers don't often insert those words into their manuscripts, they hope that the reader is understanding what is truly meant. Because we're the ones writing the words, WE know what we mean, but we might also be making incorrect assumptions for the reader. Take a minute or two to re-read what you've just penned or ask someone with fresh eyes to review it before the whole world sees it.


To make my point, here are some TRUE and humorous signs that were found posted around town that surely confused at least a couple of people:


TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW


In a Laundromat:

AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

In a Memphis department store:

BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS



In an office:

WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN

In an office:

AFTER COFFEE BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE COFFEE POT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD

Outside a secondhand shop:

WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

Notice in health food shop window:

CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

Spotted in a safari park:

ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR

Seen during a conference:

FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR


Notice in a farmer's field:

THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

Message on a leaflet:

IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS

On a repair shop door:

WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK)

4 comments:

Danyelle Ferguson said...

LOL! What a great post to add a bit of humor into my day. Thanks!!!

Nishant said...

its really nice post
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Theresa Milstein said...

These are funny!

I agree about writers knowing what they mean (even if nobody else does) which is why a critique partner or writers' group is essential. I'm always amazed when they ask a question about something I thought was crystal clear. I guess it wasn't so clear!

AchingHope said...

Ahahahahahaha... These were hilarious.