Tag Archives: Signs

In Costume

If someone in a big, black plastic tub comes up and asks you to dance at a Halloween party, it just might be me — in costume?

Yes, it looks like they moved the costumes and forgot to take the sign with them. Timing is everything, right?

A large display of big, black plastic tubs and above them a sign that reads "Women's Costumes"

Now that’s thinking inside the box

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

Admittedly, these dialogues seem mostly one-sided, but I imagine they provoke plenty of verbiage not recorded.
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Halt! Who goes there?

A sign at a recycling business that reads: Attention.  No employees or customers allowed.

Absolutely no one allowed, ever

And the person behind the counter was . . . an impostor? A cousin of E.T.? A tourist who was lost?

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Sign at a park pond that reads: No sittin or standin on rail.  (The "g" of "ing" is missing on purpose.

No kiddin’

And now for the silly part: Technically, it should read: No sittin’ or standin’ on rail.

I tried to used double and single quotes in the above sentence, but those apostrophes confused the heck out of my annotation.

I considered these possibilities:

It should read (with double quotes at the start and end and single quotes around the phrase “sittin’ or standing, with the apostrophes also inserted): “No ‘sittin’ or standin’ ‘ on rail.”

Another effort: It should read (double quotes used twice): “No “sittin’ or standin’ ” on rail.”

Splitting up the two gerunds left me with: It should read: “No ‘sittin’ ‘ or ‘standin’ ‘ on rail. Or rather: “No “sittin’” or “standin‘” on rail.” (Oh dear, now I have two colons in one sentence.)

Just so you know, I typed the gerund “g” every single time for “sittin'” and “standin'” and then had to backspace to delete it. In my speech, I drop the gerund “g” most of the time but not in my writing. When we write in a style to mimic our dialect, we add the apostrophe (sittin’), indicating that it is the story’s character who is dropping the “g.”

In any case, the sign seems to be missing the “dropped g” apostrophes. Whew! A whole dialogue between me, myself, and I. (The Oxford comma: another dialogue for another time.)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

The Other Door

Somewhere in downtown Austin, Texas . . .

Sign on door that says "Please use the other door" and it has an arrow pointing to the left

Clue #1

Sign that says "I am the other door"

Clue #2

Ice Cold

Something to appreciate in the summer heat.

A sign saying "Ice Cold Ice"

The best kind

From Bad to Worse

From bad . . .

A sign in Sunset Valley, Texas, warning residents of coyote activity.

Active coyotes

to worse . . .

A sign in Sunset Valley, Texas, warning residents of increased coyote activity

Very active coyotes

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