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csd72 (Structural) (OP)
18 Jun 08 10:22
Check out this thread for some great examples of language use in signs:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/2146217/Sign-language-week-three.html
Helpful Member!  prohammy (Mechanical)
18 Jun 08 13:23
Sweet signs, amazing that a few choice words can be put together so badly......

On another front....

Seen on the ring road around Coventry (sorry no pics)

Welcome to Coventry
Home of Coventry University

Well duh!

Kev

Kevin

"It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class." ~Author Unknown

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SomptingGuy (Automotive)
18 Jun 08 13:29
On a sign entering Plymouth (the original one):

Welcome to Plymouth
Spirit of Disco

Someone had half inched the "very".

- Steve

MintJulep (Mechanical)
18 Jun 08 13:53
I like the "This sign is to foreign tourists from getting lost" sign.

It actually has information in Chinese, Korean and Japanese as well as the helpful English.

The Chinese text is something about a forest and hot springs (or possibly lava).

The Japanese is something about a mountain.

I don't read Korean or English...  
xwb (Computer)
18 Jun 08 15:28
At a guess the sign is either from Taiwan or Hong Kong.  It is using traditional script instead of simplified.
 
Helpful Member!(2)  jmw (Industrial)
18 Jun 08 17:22
MintJulep,
so you don't read English..?
 

JMW
www.ViscoAnalyser.com
 

Helpful Member!  msquared48 (Structural)
18 Jun 08 18:09
jmw:

So...why'd you post back to her in English?  

We all know that she NEVER makes mistakes...  peace

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering

electricpete (Electrical)
18 Jun 08 23:45
I saw a sign the other day:

Parking
For
Employees
Only
Monday
Thru
Friday

How would you interpret that?  

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BigH (Geotechnical)
23 Jun 08 4:03
xwb (Computer)
23 Jun 08 15:10
Badly spelt Thursday?
csd72 (Structural) (OP)
23 Jun 08 15:31
BigH,

Classic, but it makes sense if you have actually used a squat toilet.
justkeepgiviner (Mechanical)
23 Jun 08 16:21
Try figuring this one out:

http://static.flickr.com/42/82300283_1542e3bedb_o.jpg

Seems to me like it's a sign warning you that you may hit your head... on the sign itself.

Kind of like those signs that say "Warning: This sign has sharp edges"

 
MadMango (Mechanical)
23 Jun 08 17:53
That's easy, you need a red headlamp to ride the escalator.

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hokie66 (Structural)
23 Jun 08 18:23
That escalator sign is only for Yao Ming and the like.  Most of us don't have to worry.  But they should have similar signs in all those old pubs in England.  More than one way to get a sore head.
BigH (Geotechnical)
23 Jun 08 20:25
I have - and in India, they actually sell "western toilets" where the bowl has extended sides for squatting (with the seat up of course).   
BillBirch (Mechanical)
30 Jun 08 23:09
I tell my son that this one means "matador ahead".
Regards,
Bill
apsix (Structural)
2 Jul 08 0:17
There's this one warning us of a man fighting with umbrella
Tomfh (Structural)
2 Jul 08 3:05
How come you guys link rather than embed images?
apsix (Structural)
2 Jul 08 3:14
IT challenged.
gr2vessels (Mechanical)
2 Jul 08 3:41
SomptingGuy (Automotive)
2 Jul 08 4:38
CorBlimeyLimey (Mechanical)
2 Jul 08 7:53
Tomfh ...

To reduce the page load time. Some people are still on dial-up. Having to load the images every time the thread is reviewed can be a real PITA.

Also, when using the Engineering.com image upload utility,  it's an extra step or two to create an embedded image.

cheers

csd72 (Structural) (OP)
2 Jul 08 10:15
apsix,

or is it a cave man spearing a mamoth?
HgTX (Civil/Environmental)
2 Jul 08 13:52
Also, if someone inadvertently loads an image that is too wide, it messes up the whole page; text will start to run off the right side.

Hg

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Tomfh (Structural)
2 Jul 08 20:21

Quote:

Some people are still on dial-up. Having to load the images every time the thread is reviewed can be a real PITA.

Disabling images downstream (i.e. in the browser) is the generally accepted solution to this problem.

Quote:

if someone inadvertently loads an image that is too wide, it messes up the whole page

Which is why you scale your image prior to posting. Given the number of linked 3 megapixel images I come across this obviously isn't a popular concept.
GregLocock (Automotive)
2 Jul 08 22:43
I've just tried. You cannot navigate this site with images disabled

Cheers

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Tomfh (Structural)
2 Jul 08 23:11
That's strange. What happens?
CorBlimeyLimey (Mechanical)
2 Jul 08 23:24

Quote:


Disabling images downstream (i.e. in the browser) is the generally accepted solution to this problem.
Unfortunately, that's not the solution; for this site it's a very limiting workaround. The real solution would be to prevent the images from causing the problems.

cheers

GregLocock (Automotive)
2 Jul 08 23:32
Most of the nav buttons and user related information are images.

Cheers

Greg Locock

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Tomfh (Structural)
3 Jul 08 1:33
fair enough...
prohammy (Mechanical)
7 Jul 08 11:52
Hey all,

Found another one that I love.....

At the entrance to a farm that I pass on my way home every night! (All you civil eng types should get this one I hope, remember that you have to have a dirty mind)

'Wanted Clean Hardcore'

Genius! I know what he means but what possible use is clean hardcore, other than keeping down on toilet paper use at home.....
 

Kevin

"It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class." ~Author Unknown

"If two wrongs don't make a right, try three." ~Author Unknown
 

AMN4 (Civil/Environmental)
8 Jul 08 15:28
I drove up to an intersection with a flashing red light near the county legislative offices.  Attached to the light was a sign that read STOP, THEN GO.

Not that I'm trying to imply anything about legislators here. winky smile
MintJulep (Mechanical)
21 Jul 08 13:06
In the stairway at my office building:

Sign on the first floor landing:  "Please note that the office of the Consulate of Never-Never Land* is on the 4th floor."

Sign on the second floor landing:  "Please note that the office of the Consulate of Never-Never Land is on the 4th floor."

Sign on the third floor landing:  "Please note that the office of the Consulate of Never-Never Land is on the 4th floor."

Sign on the fourth floor landing:  "Consulate of Never-Never Land.  Access by the elevator only."

*The name has been changed to protect the identity of an actual sovereign nation.
msquared48 (Structural)
21 Jul 08 13:35
And, don't tell me, inside the stairwell they were playing elevator music, right?

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering

controlnovice (Electrical)
23 Jul 08 16:59
I see this sign everyday when I drive into my place of work.  I can't help but laugh evertime I see it.

It reads:


GE

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MadMango (Mechanical)
4 Aug 08 12:00
http://livenews.com.au/Articles/2008/07/17/Chinese_restaurant_takes_the_cake_for_naming_error
 

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hokie66 (Structural)
5 Oct 08 1:05
Australia is a dry place, so there is a push on to use rainwater from roofs, pavements, etc. for watering gardens and flushing toilets.  Saw a sign in a shopping centre restroom, over the flush valve on the toilet, "NOT POTABLE WATER, DO NOT DRINK"  
KENAT (Mechanical)
6 Oct 08 12:00
Hokie, maybe it was for dogswinky smile

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jmw (Industrial)
6 Oct 08 12:43
Kenat, I'm surprised at you, that's no way to talk about the Sheilas! (I think Dingo is the correct term today, is it not?)

(Hokie66, what were you doing in the ladies?)peace

(er, in my defence, isn't his the country with such terms of endearment for significant others as "Bush Pig, Swamp Hog and Glamour Maggot?" or has it all changed now?)

OK, you can go ahead and red flag me now.
 

JMW
www.ViscoAnalyser.com
 

KENAT (Mechanical)
6 Oct 08 13:22
jmw,

It's people like you that lull me into thinking I am PC enough to get by here in CA.  

Then I open my mouth in front of the wrong person, and once again am proven wrong.

Was it the changing table that attracted the dingo?

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HgTX (Civil/Environmental)
7 Oct 08 11:08
The toilet sign makes some amount of sense, if the tank is accessible.

The water in the toilet tank and the water in the bowl are in rather different situations.  Depending on how much you trust your valves, the water in the toilet tank can be pretty clean.  I'll stick my hand in the tank to mess about with the fixture if the toilet is "running" and have encountered toilets for which the only way to flush them was to reach in and pull up the plug by hand; I don't believe I've ever had my hand in a bowl.

On the other hand, if the tank is behind a bolted wall panel, then yeah, the sign's pretty funny.

Hg

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hokie66 (Structural)
7 Oct 08 17:16
HgTX,

Yeah, that's the point.  It's just a flush valve on the wall, no tank or cistern accessible.

Kenat, jmw,

Our dogs in Australia are hardy enough to drink out of toilet bowls.  Anyway, most of them can't read.
KENAT (Mechanical)
7 Oct 08 17:24
Which brings us neatly to the sign about the elephants on the bridge and whether or not they could read it.

KENAT,

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jmw (Industrial)
2 Nov 08 19:28
The lunacy continues:
The first example is where a building company put up a sign in Aberdeenshire (Scotland) in English and Welsh, locals wanted Doric, the local dialect of which I have never heard.
Aberdeen, I can tell you, means "between the Dee and the Don" the two local rivers.
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/5321588.stm)

Second is a sign in Wales where the Welsh Translation didn't match the English:
I don't know what they had against cyclists, but the translation was very amusing; "Cyclists dismount" translated to "bladder inflammation upset".
(http://xo.typepad.com/blog/2006/08/welsh_sign_gets.html)

Another Welsh example to hit the news recently:
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7702913.stm)

"No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential Site only."
The Welsh Translation read: "I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated".

The best comment on all this bilingual sign nonsense was in the TV series Due South where a lorry was stopped by the Canadian police (Mountie) and the driver ticketed because the graffiti on the truck was in only one language.

 

JMW
www.ViscoAnalyser.com
 

hokie66 (Structural)
2 Nov 08 19:46
Regarding the Aberdeen sign, the Welsh contractor's pledge to change the sign to Gaelic won't go down well, as the locals wanted Doric.
PeterCharles (Mechanical)
5 Nov 08 15:17
oldgas (Mechanical)
12 Nov 08 10:31
Some years ago, I saw a sign over the entrance to the operating theatre suite at large a Manchester (UK) hospital which read:

"WARNING: THIEVES OPERATE IN THIS AREA"

No wonder the UK Health Service is so impoverished!
davidinindy (Industrial)
3 Dec 08 13:25
We've got signs in the McDonalds parking lots reading
"Drive thru parking only"
I chuckle every time I see them.

David

davidbeach (Electrical)
3 Dec 08 19:39
"Drive thru parking only" - that would be parking where you pull in, park, and then proceed forward when leaving, no backing up.  Not sure what else it could be. winky smile
jmw (Industrial)
4 Dec 08 10:40
he Daily Telegraph now has 26 weeks worth of these signs on their site.
While it is amusing to see how some poor foreigner has arrived at an English translation it is intensely embarrassing to see badly written signs in the sign writers native language.

Recent signs I liked: another Welsh to English (with no explanation/excuse given) was for a cliff edge where the sign says "Danger" and below that "Sheep Drop" (should this be "lover's leap"?)

Another that posted the hours of opening as 10:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m. Oh dear, does that mean there is a 20:00 a.m.? No wonder I am so frequently late. This wasn't the reason the sign was included, it had some other funnies, but I would guess it doesn't matter what your native language is, 20:00 p.m. is nonsense.

JMW
www.ViscoAnalyser.com
 

mauricestoker (Mechanical)
5 Dec 08 14:55
I have a favorite from a hospital sign in the area:

"BREAST AWARENESS MONTH".

I think they left out a word.
RossABQ (Mechanical)
7 Dec 08 9:59

Quote:

"Drive thru parking only" - that would be parking where you pull in, park, and then proceed forward when leaving, no backing up.  Not sure what else it could be.  

Parking for the Drive-Thru at McD's is a buffer space they send you to when your order will take a while to fill, so they can speed up the line.  They then bring your order out to you when ready. Without an assigned space, they wouldn't know where you went.   
MintJulep (Mechanical)
7 Dec 08 10:33
The "Sheep Drop" sign would seem more useful at the bottom of the cliff than at the top.

I for once certainly wouldn't loiter near the bottom of a cliff if I knew there was a good chance that someone was going to drop a sheep on me!
Helpful Member!  swearingen (Civil/Environmental)
8 Dec 08 7:04
I've got an Army green shirt that has the spec "MIL-TFD-S41" written in white military block letters on the front.  Many of you are probably familiar with the spec - it stands for "Make It Like The F%^&ing Drawing Says for once!"

I got it from the site giftsforengineers dot com.


If you "heard" it on the internet, it's guilty until proven innocent. - DCS

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Helpful Member!  thinker (Electrical)
8 Dec 08 17:00
Follow the link below (I think this is the most comprehensive collection of signs):

www.signspotting.com
ajh1 (Structural)
9 Dec 08 11:01
jmw (Industrial)
15 Dec 08 20:03
Someone mentioned sheep (oh, was that me?) and this was brought to my attention; a radio song request spot where poor Ingrid wants NDR to play a Roger Whitakker/Nick Munro song "Abschied Ist Ein Scharfes Schwert" for her hubby.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=L9vdkE-FUr8

She should ask for "Abschied Ist Ein Scharfes Schwert" (Parting is a sharp sword)
However, what poor Ingrid kept saying was:
"Abschied Ist Ein Schwere Schafe"

Schwere Schafe means "heavy sheep".

Somewhere in the radio recording she even manages sharp sheep (I think) and as the recording goes along she gets worse, not better.

The Radio DJ is surprisingly unamused, don't you think?


 

JMW
www.ViscoAnalyser.com
 

Ron (Structural)
11 Jan 09 14:50
We've all seen signs for "bottomless pits"....I'm still looking for a topless pit.
SomptingGuy (Automotive)
11 Jan 09 16:08
On an apple pie box today:

"Half way through baking, turn the foil (round not upside down) to ensure even browning."

- Steve

Eltron (Mechanical)
12 Jan 09 8:50
I saw one up in Estes Park this weekend on a banner in a shop that was closing:

"Going out for business."

Yeah...

Dan

www.eltronresearch.com
Dan's Blog

KENAT (Mechanical)
12 Jan 09 10:58
Ron, if by topless pit you mean a crummy bar (pit) with semi nude dancers (topless) then I may be able to help youwinky smile

KENAT,

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jmw (Industrial)
13 Jan 09 11:23
On the entrance to Copenhagen airport:
"Only dogs with valid travel documents and guide dogs will be allowed."

Hmm,
I just had this vision of a tourist dog being shown around the airport by an official "Intourist" dog guide.  

JMW
www.ViscoAnalyser.com
 

Ron (Structural)
14 Jan 09 18:39
Kenat...being a married guy, I couldn't admit that!!
Clyde38 (Electrical)
16 Jan 09 12:23
I took this picture of a billboard advertising a sports radio station.

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