Punctuation is your friend

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33 Responses to “Punctuation is your friend”

  1. voiceinthedistance says:

    *Punctuation, is: “your friend!”

  2. lafave says:

    While semi-amusing, who would misunderstand the sign, other than the willfully obtuse?

  3. Paul Renault says:

    Technically speaking it IS possible that a fair number of such people exists.

    /The only person that might automatically get disqualified is Adam.

    //Not that he ever existed.

  4. Lobster says:

    I like how ONLY is capitalized.  It’s like they’re saying the following people are allowed to use it ONLY as a toilet.

  5. Wreckrob8 says:

    Why would only punctuation help? It would still read as three adjectives qualifying a noun.

    • Semicolons would help avoid that, but I take your point.

    • Rob Sheppard says:

      As Wreckrob says, this is not an issue of punctuation. There are several problems here. First, there’s no parallel form: when joining items in a series, they generally need to be of the same category, but here we’ve got three adjectives and a noun. You also can’t have an adjective as the object of a preposition, so even if ‘children’ was changed to ‘young’, you’d still have an issue. There’s also no conjunction. A simple ‘and’ would make the comical interpretation of the sentence impossible. Semicolons might make things clearer, but it would be nonstandard usage.

      • Wreckrob8 says:

        Actually it is a list of four substantives, two of which can function as adjectives or nouns, one only as an adjective and one only as a noun and which would need complete rewriting. The context makes the meaning clear.

        No guerrilla punctuationistas required here!

        Where’s that panda when you need him?

  6. That would make excellent fodder for ultra-conservative pundits.

    “What has Obama given us in his first four years as President?  Disabled, elderly, pregnant children.  And, with Obamacare, you get to support them, Taxpayer!”

    Warm up the bumper sticker machine.

  7. class_enemy says:

    A restaurant next to where I work has a lunchroom.

    In that lunchroom a sign reads:

    EMPLOYEES
    MUST WASH YOUR HANDS
    BEFORE YOU LEAVE

    How long am I supposed to wait?

  8. eldritch says:

    The bigger question is this – why the limitations at all? If my bladder is in uproar while I’m picking up Jaffa Cakes at the local Safeway or whatever, why do I need to be in some way disabled to relieve myself?

    Maybe there’s another toilet reserved for the more able customers? But then the sign should specify “this” toilet is only for the disabled, elderly, pregnant, and children!

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I need the loo.

  9. Ashley Yakeley says:

    Everyone else may use the bath.

  10. niktemadur says:

    But what if Im an old handicapped children with child? Your cruel.

    I’m just realizing, it hurts to write with bad grammar and spelling.
    The freckled kid with the flannel cap and earflaps in Fat Albert yells between my ears, “NC – No Class”… Russell is his name!

  11. Ipo says:

     That bathroom must be incredibly clean. 

    There’s a sign in my neighbourhood that asks to “please feed no water fowel”.  And since they ask so nicely, maybe I would, but there are always some ducks, swans and gulls present, so I feed them instead. 

  12. redesigned says:

    now that we have the toilets attention only, we can thank it for shopping with us (not in our store).  i always shop with a toilet, it picks out the best produce, and nothing says thank you like 3 !!!

    if i was a lady, i’d totally use this washroom whenever i pleased, who are they to say if i’m pregnant or not.  i just might not be showing.

  13. jbond says:

    “THANK YOU” should have scare quotes round it.

  14. Brian Baresch says:

    All right, so, at the top of this page, what on earth are “features podcasts family video comics music tech science books”? Those sound like interesting books, but shouldn’t “features”, “podcasts”, and “comics” each drop the terminal  S to be proper adjectives?

  15. 2nihon says:

    The ultimate niche group.

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