Published On : Tue, Aug 11th, 2015

Why do public caution-boards have bad English?

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In what could be mentioned as sheer apathy and lackadaisical attitude of the authorities, some of the public caution-notice boards are in grammatically wrong English.

The Central Museum of Archeological Survey of India is situated near the Meeta Neem Durgah and Food Corporation of India Office in Civil Lines is one such organization which has notice boards in wrong English.


What is alarming is the public caution-notice boards which are fixed on the compound walls and on the fences. The boards read “No Stick Bills” above the Hindi version of the same message which said “Vigyapan Lagana Mana Hai”, while the authorities wanted to convey that Sticking Bills on this compound wall is prohibited and the second board said “No Urinals” under which the Hindi version said “Peshab Karna Mana Hai” which was a warning for public at large from “Urinating” on this compound wall. Both had the warning “Adeshanusar”, meaning “By Order” under the notices.

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This is a property of the Archeological Survey of India, a Central Government department. Are the authorities so poor in English that they can’t even get a public notice board painted in the right English?

This compounded building is a few feet away from the Zero Mile. Many Indian and foreign nationals visit this important historic relic. What will people say about the wrong English notice board on a Government Building?
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