Mighty Red Pen

September 23, 2008

No parking

Filed under: Overseen,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:23 pm
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MRP recently received this urgent missive:

Please explain how my sister should be expected to teach English Language Learning students when this is the signage outside of her middle school. What does it mean? And then what does it REALLY mean?

yours in mixed messages,

And this was attached:

What does it mean? Well, it seems to means that not only is there no parking during snowstorms, there is also no parking at any time. What it really means? Well, after careful consideration, MRP has come to the learned conclusion that the super sneaky secret message is this: there is no parking during a snowstorm and also no parking at any time. There may or may not be overlap between during a snowstorm and any time.

Complex, I know. But fortunately MRP is here to help parse out just this sort of thing.



  1. It’s pretty simple, actually: park there during a snowstorm, and you’ll get two tickets.

    It’s pretty common in Boston — one in Brighton has a “No parking any time,” “Street Cleaning — No Parking 9am-12pm 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month April-September” and “No Parking During Snow Emergency” on the same pole. I imagine that parking there during one of New England’s famous April snowstorms on a Tuesday morning could get REALLY expensive.

    Comment by Danny — September 23, 2008 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  2. LOL, Danny.

    Comment by helen's dad — September 26, 2008 @ 10:46 am | Reply

  3. I suppose this combo is necessary because people might think the regular ‘No parking any time’ sign doesn’t apply in a snowstorm. After all, have you ever seen a ‘No parking except in snowstorm’ sign?

    Comment by JD — September 26, 2008 @ 10:46 am | Reply

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