Tuesday, May 1, 2007

post 7: "Stop, OK?"

What if there were a country so polite that all street and highway signs were framed as suggestions rather than commands? What if even those signs that were meant to communicate simple facts such as the distance to the nearest city or the presence of falling rocks or other road hazards hedged their declarations with tag-questions and words like "maybe" and "might" so as not to come off as too pushy? What if people from this country became so accustomed to the deferent style of their own street signs that they found themselves insulted, and sometimes even enraged, by the more direct and authoritative language of signs in other countries?

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