Sign Post

If you have been reading this blog, you will know that I have a tendency to collect things. The most convenient collection I have — not being a dust accumulater or taking up a lot of space — is my entirely digital collection of signs. I don’t photograph the commercially produced, intentionally cute ones. There is no need. The world is full of signs that are funny unintentionally. Sometimes the humour comes from juxtaposition.

Or this one — who knew that sheep could read road signs?!

Sometimes signs are entertaining because the need to post them seems inexplicable.

The humour may come from mistakes in the choice of words

or just from linguistic confusion on the part of the reader.

The university sign is likely not funny at all to students and faculty at U of T, and in England everyone knows that the word “plant” can refer to heavy machinery, but as an outsider I found both highly entertaining. (The last sign created mental images of giant aspidistras invading the countryside.)

I will be travelling soon, so I expect I will be adding to my collection.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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