Monday, February 27, 2006

A quaint British phrase

Whenever I see one of these signs I have a mental picture of a large & heavy cabbage or similar crossing the road. I am sure using the word 'machinery' would make more sense to the average motorist, especially tourists.
[Feb 2006 - Hertfordshire]

David Williams found this one that a heavy plant had obviously crossed, causing significant damage!

18 comments:

Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

I always expect to see a triffid shambling across the road...

ELAshley said...

Can anyone say, "Day of the Triffids" ????

T.L. Barker said...

Holy Giant Geraniums, Batman!! I have sign on my blog you might find funny.

50sretrogal said...

I agree, I would rather imagine a large eggplant perhaps?
Ciao

ps love your blog site.

JonnieDisaster said...

Yes but a large and heavy cabbage tramping its bulky self across the road is ten times the fun imagery that "machinery" would evoke.

serre said...

Ents around? :)

Flubberwinkle said...

Yes, you're right. According to the sign I'd be on the lookout for a humongous eggplant or pumpkin.
:-D
Very witty blog theme by the way! I'll be visiting often.

Douglas Cootey said...

That one gave me a chuckle. :D Fun blog. I might have a few signs to contribute...


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Cosmic Dino said...

XD I also imagined that!!
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Sun Singer said...

Hmm, in the southern U.S., we would suspect Kudzu was approaching.

--Malcolm

Anonymous said...

Yeah I think people like to complicate things lol. I also imagine a cabbage sprouting legs to cross the road. lol.



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shawna said...

haha! actually, i didnt get it the first time i read the sign, and i didnt read your little blurb on it by the side of the picture, so i really DID picture a large shrub crossing the road!

and then the lightbulb flashed on...

Martin said...

That's called semiopathy - deriving a meaning from a sign for which it was not originally intended:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semiopathy

Ggraph said...

I could see a herd of eggplant. I try to visit one new site a day and I found yours. Great site! I'm book marking it. I need a good laugh each day thanks for gining us one.
Regards,
Mark

Mieko Danielle said...

Hahhaaa, that made me think of that plant from Little Shop of Horrors! "Feed Me"!

marX said...

i thought of a huge old oak tree walking. ahaha

Jen said...

I see the trees from Lord of the Rings who walked into battle - what was the tree leader's name again? Anyway, a mass of ancient trees wading across, but waiting until an unsuspecting motorist or pedestrian ventures across their path.

Lydia said...

That's hilarious! I can just imagine a bunch of veggies and plants running around.