I was walking to work yesterday (sob!) when I noticed the following two signs in the same block:
“Hotel name not responsible for damage done to bicycles left against this gate”
“Apologise for inconvenience caused during these necessary repairs”
These are merely representative of something that I’ve noticed in the last few months. It’s not just me, right? There are words missing from these signs.
“Hotel name IS not responsible for damage done to bicycles left against this gate”
“WE Apologise for inconvenience caused during these necessary repairs”
(Or anyone, really, it doesn’t have to be “we” just some subject.) So it’s a missing verb in one case, a missing subject in the other. Is this like the utterance (that I still can’t parse) “Big Issue, Big Issue Please” Missing a verb, maybe an article? “Big Issue, buy a Big Issue Please” ? or from the same post, “Can I help?” Or my other favorite, “Sale continues in store.” (Instore may be one word instead of two.) I’ll never know what the missing words are or why. But in the two cases that start out this post, in signs of those length, it’s hard to argue that they just dropped a two letter word for the purposes of space…