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Bally Heck
27th Mar 2002, 07:50
I was reading a newspaper article today about an old phenomenon which now has a name. . .. .The practice of making signs or notices with a usually unintended and sometimes humerous, alternative meaning.. .. .Examples given Included . .. ."Police Club Visitors". .. ."Extra Thick Baby Wipes". .. .The cosmologically challenging notice in a car park "Please Wait for Space to Appear". .. .Ane the unmistakeably America "No trucks between 6am and 7pm on Route 16 on Tuesdays over eight tons.. .. .I would imagine that PPruNe will deliver a harvest of Semiopaths in due course.

27th Mar 2002, 07:57
Caution. Log hauling trucks.. .. . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

27th Mar 2002, 08:29
Speaking of log hauling trucks, why do they drive so bloody fast? Their cargo ain't gonna spoil.

Kalium Chloride
27th Mar 2002, 16:25
On a door at my local rail station:. .. .Private cleaners only. .. .For those who want their privates cleaned, I guess <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" />

Al Weaver
27th Mar 2002, 16:43
&gt;Speaking of log hauling trucks, why do they drive so bloody fast? Their cargo ain't gonna spoil. &lt;. .. .Because they're going down hill without brakes

Hagbard the Amateur
27th Mar 2002, 18:46
Only slightly related but I have actually seen a road sign in France with these two indications.. .1) Tout Directions (All Directions). .2) Autre Directions (Other Directions)

27th Mar 2002, 19:26
My favourite is the Guverrmint's apparent campaign to cut the price of amphetemines. . .. .There is a sign at every roundabout (traffic circle to the transatlatics) that says:. .. .REDUCE SPEED NOW <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .And of course the old favourite:. .. .Slippery when wet <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

29th Mar 2002, 00:06
Caution plant crossing.. .. .Soft verges.. .(or is that just my warped mind that finds that funny?). .. .This door is alarmed.. .. .One from the BBC:. .40000 people have already installed solar systems in their homes. . . . <small>[ 28 March 2002, 19:12: Message edited by: AerBabe ]</small>

29th Mar 2002, 01:25
Saw two last week ..... .. ."Slasher ahead" and straight after it was "Floodway" <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

pax anglia
29th Mar 2002, 03:20
A couple of WW2 Headlines (although I wasn't about at the time) caused chuckles:. .1) "British push bottles up Germans". .2) "McArthur flies back to front".. .. .From another more innocent age-or was it?

henry crun
29th Mar 2002, 03:32
Not a sign but in a similar vein from a radio commentator reporting on a military event.. .. ."General Marshall arrived at the conference, tall, dignified, and uninformed"

29th Mar 2002, 05:57
A sign in the vicinity of my work remains unencumbered by the punctuation marks that would make sense of it ... and simply reads:-. .. .No parking infringement notices will be issued.. .. .I just might test the theory one day!. .. . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Feeton Terrafirma
29th Mar 2002, 08:56
I hate it when you arrive at an intersection, not sure which way you need to go, and some [email protected] has put up a sign "NO RIGHT TURN" and you suddenly know it doesn't matter which way you go, cos the're all wrong.

Bally Heck
31st Mar 2002, 11:50
Come to think of it. This is one. Can't remember where I saw it though.

"As these are anonymous forums the origins of the contributions may be opposite to what may be apparent. In fact the press may use it, or the unscrupulous, to elicit certain reactions.,"

31st Mar 2002, 21:28
My primary school had a sign outside that said:
"Slow Children"

And the instructions on a tube of ointment:
"Rub into the affected area until it disappears"

DX Wombat
31st Mar 2002, 23:02
Sign seen at a farm gate: "Drive in Lettuce"

31st Mar 2002, 23:11
Slow Children.!!!!! Visions of kids walking around in slow-motion.....:)

5th Apr 2002, 22:41
...on the fascia of a dry cleaners..

Thistle Cleaners fine if you have a dirty thistle

pants on fire...
5th Apr 2002, 22:57
At every British Rail facility the sign that states "Way Out".

I keep anticipating some incredible psychedelic experience, but despite following the instructions implicity, always seem to end up in some grey, un-exciting metropolis! :(

5th Apr 2002, 23:08

It does? That is something for which, I am sure, all the inhabitants of Milton Keynes will be very grateful.