Tuesday 9 June 2020

In the News – Why Punctuation Matters

The town of Ludlow in England put up these signs.

There is already a parking restriction. For non-Brits the double yellow lines at the kerb mean “no waiting”. The sign was just to warn motorists that the restriction was being enforced. However a missing full stop between PARKING and ENFORCEMENT gave the sign the completely opposite meaning.

On the subject of road signs I spotting this one on a farm access in Lanarkshire.


  1. Well, the way I see it, you can park there, right?

    Who's Nancy and does she have to go faster than 15 mph?

    1. People took the sign to mean that the parking restriction were not being enforced. But the Council meant no parking because we are enforcing it.

      As for Nancy – I guess she owns the farm.