Thursday, April 10, 2008

Speaking of Distressing Signage

Speaking of misspellings, intentional or unintentional abbreviations, and other hindrances to quick comprehension, I got to wondering to what extent this is a modern dilemma. It turns out that the Romans commonly used abbreviations in their writings, which, I assume, would potentially include signage.

Which got me wondering if this issue is factored into the attempts to decrypt such items as the Voynich Manuscript?

While we’re on the subject, one charming site I frequent is,, which illustrates plenty of bad user experiences for your wincing pleasure, including a lot of distressing signage.

Parking sign in Assisi (Sean Bentley)

1 comment:

Lourine said...

Well written article.