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...

Eric 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.

susanjonaitis 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.

D.R. 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!!
XDXDXD!!

Malcolm R. Campbell 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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Anonymous 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

Unknown 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.

Unknown said...

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