Signs o’ the Times

I’m a big fan of rules. They were made to be broken.

I wish I could have been there when this sign was being posted, and those supervising the posting noticed the extra word in number 4 and attempted to affix some sort of sticker as camouflage. The inquisitive young minds of the Waterford School District (hey, it’s right up at the top of the sign) would have none of that. They said, while picking at the sticker, “Hey! Don’t cover up that mistake! Let’s be bold!”

Speaking of rules, this particular error reminds me of my very favorite passage from Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style (yes, I have one).  In the Introduction by E.B. White, he recounts a time when he witnessed Will Strunk lean forward “…and croak[ed], ‘If you don’t know how to pronounce a word, say it loud! If you don’t know how to pronounce a word, say it loud!’ And White concluded, “Why compound ignorance with inaudibility? Why run and hide?”
I propose a sticker-free society in which all of our professionally printed errors are out there in all their glory. (Alternatively, let’s check our work before we spend the money…)

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