Sunday, September 30, 2007

I certainly don't want them on cell phones


Tim writes: "I caught this sign driving up highway 1 through Malibu. Maybe drunk
drivers are just supposed to shout?"

14 comments:

Eric Shackle said...

Greetings from Sydney, Australia.

You may like to read a story suggesting a World Punctuation Day that has just been posted in the October edition of
The World's First Multi-National e-Book: http://www.bdb.co.za/shackle

The UK daily literary e-zine Open Writing has also posted it, at http://www.openwriting.com/archives/2007/09/lets_have_a_wor_2.php
:
Best wishes, Eric.

Timothy said...

Maybe they are supposed "out" themsleves by shouting. This reminds me of the Florida sheriff years ago who put up a sign reading "sobriety check point ahead" and pulled over everyone who turned around.

joshMshep said...

even aside from the misuse of quotes, that is one dang scary/funny sign.

gregates said...

Then again, the numerals "911" are actually what one types into one's phone in order to place an emergency call. It seems like a perfectly called-for use of quotation marks to me.

philhege said...

I can see someonelooking for the quotation mark on the keypad of their phone, and plowing into a tree.

Jeff said...

Maybe they're hoping you'll be so drunk that you'll think it's a different 911 than the one that reaches the police who will come and arrest you.

Gavin Elster said...

I see this sign everyday and wonder if I'm supposed to call if I'm drunk.

Anonymous said...

You do put in the string "911" into your phone. So "dial '911'" could be legitimate, as a literal statement of what to dial. "Call '911'," however, is not, because the object of "call" is the person, place, or thing you are trying to reach, as in "call Mom." In other words, you call 911 (the emergency dispatch center) by dialing "911" (the series of digits).

I like someone's suggestion of making sense out of it by using the other interpretation of the word "call," meaning "to shout." Technically, that would require a comma added before the quotation marks, but this isn't the blog of necessary-but-missing commas.

Versicherungsmakler Heine said...

I never have seen a sign like this. It is very funny!

Rechtsschutz said...

This can be only a joke. Would you guys call ?

bethany said...

I think it actually means that you should call 911 if you SEE a drunk driver, not if you are one. We're being sarcastic.

Alex Schwarz said...

That meens "call a drunk driver". This is the only way otherwise it would make no sense

Gogi said...

It´s only a joke?

Rechtsschutz online said...

Unbelievable! Great snapshot! I love it!