12 January, 2008


English as she is spoke

Notice seen at a pub in the City of London.
We kindly ask you to refrain from smoking in this doorway...
What are the implications of "kindly" here, I wonder. Presumably in that the management is merely asking for customers' co-operation. If the management meant to be unkind, perhaps they would be having at the miscreant smokers with broom handles and throwing buckets of water over them to extinguish the offending gaspers.

Given that the manager of this establishment is English and most of his staff Australian, they can't even claim involuntary Polishness for this solecism.

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