For those of you that know me, I am a stickler for good grammar. And it pains me so much to see “lose” spelled “loose.” The real looser is the person who not only throws caution and consideration for the English language to the wind but who also puts it right out there, on various signs and public signage. There is this one church in Jacksonville, on Church St. (I know, ironic, right?), that I like to think of as the Church of Bad Grammar. Every time I pass by, something else is wrong. Now, I know that no one can be perfect all the time, and I make my own fair share of mistakes; however, if you are going to be assembling a church sign that will be visible to everyone, or a banner, or a marquee, or whatever, please please PLEASE make sure it is correct. Gah!
Also. I noticed that quite often rapscallion children feel the need to run ’round displaying their artwork with spray paint on walls and street signs and such. These “delinquents” have come in contact with several street signs in the area, and my favorite is the person that spray paints the word “DON’T” above the word “STOP” on a red stop sign.
I don’t get it. Does this person honestly think that a driver will pull up, look at the sign, and then think to him or herself: “Oh, wait. That’s one of those “Don’t Stop” signs. What was I thinking putting on my brakes? I’ll just cruise on through.”
If you want to be a real menace to society, why not just take the whole thing? Cut out the middle man. There is a large percentage of the Alabama population that is illiterate anyway, and they won’t take the time to discern what letter means what.
I guess the moral of the story is this: The next time you are driving about your local residential area, pay attention to the signs. If you come across one of those tricky “Don’t Stop” signs, and you aren’t sure, err on the side of caution. Go ahead and take the extra time to stop. If you decide not to heed this warning, proceed with caution at your own risk, my friend.