Trouble in the cone zone

What’s wrong with this picture?

  1. The sign makers misspelled “within.”
  2. They capitalized the “P” in “Prohibited.”
  3. Next, “WAIT CONES” is unnecessarily shouted out in all caps.
  4. Afterward, we find the appalling misspelling of the word “enforced.”
  5. Finally, from a purely logical perspective, shouldn’t they be prohibiting parking in areas with wait cones, not in areas with no wait cones?

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

    Janice Campbell from NAIWE

    This is funny, Kim. Signs like these are a wonderful teaching tool!

  • Posted October 21, 2009

    Popcorn House

    I hope you found this one in a foreign country 🙂 It is crazy how bad our communication can be sometimes.

  • Posted October 21, 2009

    isabella mori (@moritherapy)

    wow. that looks like it should be on one of those japanese t-shirts, not on a sign in the UK!

  • Posted October 21, 2009


    It certainly begs the question: Who is the genius at the “sign-proofreading” desk?

  • Posted October 22, 2009

    Barbara Frank

    Does anybody hire proofreaders anymore? I’m starting to wonder, lol……

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  • Posted October 24, 2009

    Pat VanderBeek

    The Brits have worse signage than our own DOT!

    • Posted October 27, 2009


      Ha, Pat! I’m finding that bad grammar and punctuation isn’t limited to the U.S. (Teaser: Nov. 4th’s Wordless Wednesday will also testify to this!)

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