Questions about signs and public notices.

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“Unexpected” quotation marks: Why?

I frequently run into uses of quotation marks on public display that simply baffle me. I have no idea who or what is being quoted, what the original reference is, or why it's necessary to indicate ...
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Congestion/queue signs on British roads

On British roads (especially dual carriageways or motorways), signs indicating heavy traffic are a regular occurrence. The most common ones are: Congestion caution Congestion ahead Congestion after ...
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“Patients' Lifts” and “Consultants' Payments” - are these correct?

I saw some sign boards in a hospital which had the following description: Patients' Lifts Consultants' Payments As far as I know, the above signs should read Patient's Lifts or Patient Lifts and ...
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What’s wrong with saying “Your book inside”?

Let’s say you have a box, and you have a book inside it. You can attach a paper on it saying “Book” or “Book inside”. Now, if you’re sending it to someone and you write a note on it, you would say, ...
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Why use “at” in this way?

I always see signs such as Men at work or Children at play I was wondering why we use "at" in this way. Is it just a formal way of saying Men Working / Children Playing? Saying "At ...
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Is there a name for the red circle and slash in a No Smoking sign?

When my daughter asked me and my husband about a No Smoking sign, we explained that it means no cigarettes are allowed. (We had to explain cigarettes to her too.) Unfortunately, she now thinks ...
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Signature for Doctor of Information Technology prefix and suffix [closed]

How can I sign my name with the degree of "Doctor of Information Technology" Is this all correct Dr.Full Name Full Name D.I.T Dr Full Name (Doctor of Information Technology) Dr.Last Name Can I ...
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Is “Stick no bills” correct English?

'Stick no bills' sounds awkward. Shouldn't it be something like 'Do not stick any bills'?
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Article in a phrase [closed]

I saw a phrase on the curb. Literally: "NO DUMPING. FLOWS TO BAY". Why there is no article before "bay"? Bay is countable, and I think article should be there. Or it may be Bay? (The curb situated in ...
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Grammaticality of “Shoreditch station to permanently close”

I recently read an article on BBC titled Bad grammar and the people who hate it. In it, there is a photo of a train station sign which reads as follows. Friday 9 June 2006 Shoreditch station ...
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$ sign where did it originate? [closed]

This sign is a very interesting one. I do not know where it originated in. And why do we use it? How does $ sign relate to dollar? Does it mean money? Sometimes I've seen it with double lines ...
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Meaning of “Irish true”

This is a sign from a pub. I would expect it to read “Irish truth” or “true Irish”. Why is “Irish true” used?
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Meaning of “Be Mr Late Better Than Late Mr”

Not long ago I found on the Internet a lot of different road signs from India. Here is one of them: It says: "Be Mr Late Better Than Late Mr". I can't understand the meaning of this phrase. I ...
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“Picking up your litter puts road-workers at risk” — is this strangely-worded road sign grammatically correct?

Yesterday I came across a road-sign (just coming onto the M40 at the Oxford services, if you're interested!) that seemed to read rather strangely. It read: Picking up your litter puts road-workers ...
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Follow the signings?

I saw a road sign today saying: "Follow the alt route signings." It struck me odd. I would expect: "Follow the alt route signs." Signings is obviously a legitimate word, but it's usually used ...
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“Road liable to flooding” — is this roadsign grammatically correct?

I passed the roadsign below while driving home late last night, and realised that despite how many times I had seen it, I was still surprised by the choice of words used and unsure if it was actually ...
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When to use articles and when not to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please use other door? Is "Stick no bills" correct English? “train approaching” What's with syntax in newspaper headlines? Well, I know the basic rules about using ...
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Meaning of “before” in this sign

In "US Sign and Safety" I came across the road sign shown in the image below. Can someone explain what part of speech the word "before" is? I'm asking because it seems that these two graphs are both ...
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Why do street parking signs say “no stopping or standing”?

I see redundancy here. If one stands a car on the street, isn't it necessary to stop first? It would seem the most logical and efficient use of language for the sign would be "no stopping." Or do ...
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Stop if you feel faint or pain! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ellipsis that results in one word serving as both subject and object I am “adjective” and I am “present continuous” in one sentence I was using some exercise equipment ...
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Wash Hands to Serve Safe Food?

The other day I saw a sign in a restroom saying: Wash your hands thoroughly to kill bacteria and serve safe food It struck me as wrong somehow, since it gave me the immediate humorous mental ...
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What would you write in this case? (a sign in a fitting room)

Once in a fitting room of one clothes store in Taiwan I saw a sign saying something like Watch your lipstick carefully no to touch the clothes you are trying on. While the main concern was ...
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“Train approaching”

Is it correct? It's the message I see right before the metro/subway train shows up. Shouldn't it be "train is approaching" or "train approaches"?
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Why do signs read “wet floor”, not “slippery floor”?

Every other time I see a "wet floor" sign the following idea comes to my mind. That sign forces me through unnecessary mental effort to deduce that wet floors can be slippery. I think it's like ...
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No loitering sign: “Police Take Notice”

I'm a native English speaker and I've never been able to really parse this one. Is it a command aimed at the police? If so, shouldn't it be "police, take notice"? Is this construction used anywhere ...
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Signs in states which say “Only Trash Litters”

In many states I can see signs posted which state "Only Trash Litters" which I certainly have no problem understanding and which appear to be correct usage to me. "Trash" can be singular or plural so ...
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Why is “help wanted” phrasing used in job ads?

It's quite typical to see "Help wanted" signs in cases some business has an open position. That can be some temporary position or even a permanent one. Why is it called "help"? Why not "we're hiring" ...
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What word best describes a small store that sells only glasses (spectacles)?

What word would or combination of words would best describe a small store, in which only glasses (spectacles) are sold? Here are some of my guesses, but I think they are all wrong: Eye ware Glass ...
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What is the difference between ‘Hot Corned Beef’ and ‘“Hot” Corned Beef’?

I have seen the phrase '"Hot" Corned Beef' on several convenience store signs in my area. Since corned beef is is usually served warm or hot, am I missing part of the meaning of the sign?
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“Automatic door—push to open.”

This is the wording on signs I've been seeing quite often recently. It seems to me quite nonsensical; if you have to push the door to open it, it isn't automatic. Is that the case or is there ...
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Is “litter” correct on waste bins?

I threw some rubbish in a litter bin the other day, when it occurred to me that the receptacle couldn't be a litter bin, because litter is only unwanted things strewn across the road. Anything in a ...
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“Ice possible” or “Possible ice”?

Which is proper grammar: “Ice possible drive with care” or “possible ice drive with caution”?