Annals of dimwitted public signs #76,671February 21, 2013
There’s a park where I walk Merlin, my Whippet. Here we are posing for our picture on www.mydogandme.me.
Sometimes, horses kept by travellers stray onto the park.
This eventually got too much for the council, who posted this sign in an effort to deter the ‘pikeys’ (local Wiltshire slang – apologies) from treating the park as free grazing.
Now, whatever you may think of travellers, it’s fair to say that their literacy levels are none too high.
So what are we to make of the common sense levels of the person who wrote this…
Not exactly Plain English is it?
I would say something like this is better:
To the horse owners
You must not graze your horses here. It is against the law.
Please take your horses away by Wednesday 16 January and keep them out of this park.
If you don’t, the Council can take your horses away.