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Silently Correcting Your Grammar


Pic 2193I’ve been lucky enough to be able to travel to Asia a few times over the last couple of years. One of my hobbies while traveling is to take pictures of English-language signs in Asian countries, as their translations can be alternately hysterical and insightful. Above is my favorite of the signs I’ve seen on my assorted trips.

This sign was positioned next to a staircase with sloped marble sides, and was ostensibly designed to discourage English-speaking tourists from walking up the ramp edges instead of using the stairs. (As someone who has mistakenly worn flip-flops in the rain to many Asian heritage sites with marble floors, they’re not kidding even at all about the slippery nature of the walking surfaces.)

But what’s so awesome to me about this sign is its unintended meaning. Americans grow up being taught the idiom “that’s a slippery slope” when discussing issues of moral…

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