Sometimes I amuse myself interpreting things literally when I know they’re not intended that way…but still, the picky proofreader in my soul gets annoyed at traffic engineers who post signs that put the word “only” beneath a double arrow indicating two allowable directions.
That’s not that conflict-ridden…but maybe it’s one of those non-flat surfaces with reduced friction: more than once, I’ve seen ROAD CLOSED signs used in lieu of LANE CLOSED signs…but the two should not be interchangeable. Because once you’ve seen several ROAD CLOSED signs at sites where, in fact, only a lane is closed – and therefore, the road itself is passable – the likelier you are to read a ROAD CLOSED sign as referring to mere lane closure when in fact the entire road is closed. And then you’re stuck. (At least they’re not using spare BRIDGE OUT signs for this purpose. Yet.) This is the traffic engineer equivalent to yelling about about a wild, predatory canine (oh wait – I already took that verbal tic for some exercise in this post): uh, crying wolf.