Thursday, October 27, 2011

Survival of the Fitest

If language is evolving, then signage in Old Blighty must be the gall bladder of English. Public notices are as good an example of the Use It or Lose It theory as a tailbone or superfluous nipples. An example: Percy from Head Bourne Worthy must “Be sensible and place dog waste into the receptacle provided.” While his Toronto confederate is pleased to “clean up after” his pet. But the Cheboygan pug-lover must simply “Stoop-n-Scoop”. It is as if words leave Portsmouth with the appropriate robustness, start to flag along the St. Lawrence and completely pack it in by Lake Michigan.

Photo by Laurie Leclair, taken in the Ladies loo of the Dover-Calais ferry, August 2011

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