Monday, October 18, 2010

Laugh Break

Since last week's post was on the use of humor in writing, this seems a good time for another post on business writing that evokes laughs it wasn't seeking. Even perfect spelling doesn't always save a sentence from unintentionally hilarious implications:
  • "The postponed president's speech has been rescheduled for December 2." (Will he still be a postponed president then?)
  • "Our camp is the perfect place to go next time you feel the call of nature." (Maybe the camp's biggest attraction is its restrooms.)
  • "Living in our apartments, a dozen bus routes are convenient." (Every bus route needs a home to go to at night.)
  • "Our doctors don't misdiagnose medical problems. When they treat you for lung cancer, that's what you die of." (Comforting thought.)
  • "When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone." (One from the law-books department. Word has it that the original intent was to kill the bill it was attached to--proving once again the folly of expecting committees to exercise common sense.)
  • "The only way we'll ever see the economy pick up is if we can get the economy moving." (Who would have thought of that?)
  • "Support space colonization research. One ruined planet isn't enough for the human race." (We all know humans can be destructive and greedy, but why encourage it?)
  • "Firings will continue until we see some improvement in attitude around here." (Now that's real motivation.)
  • "No drinking allowed on coffee breaks." (Please eat your coffee in powdered form.)
  • "Thanks to all our friends and customers. Our business is no longer open." (We really appreciate your freeing us from the trouble of continuing to work every day.)
  • "Our initial counseling sessions are free of service." (I think that was supposed to be "free of service charges.")
  • "After using the automatic washing machines, please remove all your clothes when the light goes out." (At least they didn't advise customers to do it in broad daylight.)
  • "Get your ears pierced here and we'll give you an extra pair free." (I've heard many people wish for extra arms and eyes, but never ears.)
Smile and have a great week!

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