Humor of Signs in British English
Humor of Signs in British English is a true story:
Two beautiful young women from the United States, finally free after college graduation, were traveling together overseas without their families for the first time.
For Barbara Dillon it was her first ever trip to England. But her friend Claudia had been to London once before with her family. So she was serving as sort of an amateur tour guide for Barb.
They were excited with the romance of being in a foreign country.
On their first morning abroad, they had been walking the streets of London taking in the sights for several hours without stopping anywhere.
Suddenly with some urgency Claudia says, “I’ve got to find a toilet somewhere!”
Barb says, “I’ve seen signs everywhere for toilets!”
Claudia replies, “You have? I haven’t seen any.”
Barb points, “See that sign right over there says ‘TOILET’.”
Claudia looks at it -- then starts laughing uncontrollably.
Finally Claudia explains, “Barb, we both know you’re a little blind without your glasses. That sign says ‘TO LET’.
Barb looks more closely and says, “Oh! The letter -I- is missing!”
Claudia laughs again and says, “Here in England, ‘To Let’ means ‘For Rent’!”
This charming story of American 'toilet' versus 'to let' in Britain illustrates the point made in the web page 'Spelled Differently Than English'.
LINKS TO MORE HUMOR LEARNING ENGLISH:
Humor of British Politeness.
Humor of NOT Using THE in English.
Humor of German Buying Food in English.
Humor Speaking English Best.
For another Barb Dillon travel story, see Humor Traveling in France Alone.
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