The Things That Go Wrong with English as a Second Language
The website for NBC's Today Show is currently featuring strange and amusing road signs. Two in particular caught my eye.
One comes from near Sanjay's home in Bangalore. It is a billboard advertisement for Nandi Aqua selling "packaged drinking water." The slogan reads "Now water with H20". (The slogan is also used in the browser heading for the company's website at http://www.nandiaqua.com.) It makes you wonder what was in the water before they added the water.
The other is from a road sign not too far from Tolley. Strangely, the sign made sense when I saw it in person, but it is still kind of silly. Avoiding words, it uses a pictogram to illustrate falling rocks. But it also includes a cow falling as well. Have cows regularly fallen from the hillside to the roadway? Wouldn't a fence solve this problem? No wonder much of the rest of the United States does not believe that New Mexico is actually a state.
Fifty years ago, Art Linkletter had a TV show called "Kids Say the Darndest Things". Perhaps we can expand that to advertising executives and highway engineers.
I thought the community might be amused.
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