Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

Oxford fail

When Dan and I visited Oxford for the first time last Wednesday, I was shocked at the sloppiness of the signage of the museums we visited. After all, this was Oxford, right? I mean, they wrote the frickin' dictionary and gave us the serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma (or the "most awesome comma evar!" if you're Californian, of course).

If you'll excuse the poor photography, here are thirteen random examples. They're all from the Ashmolean museum (with the exception of the first two, which are from the Museum of the History of Science). There are even a couple of ringers thrown in just for grins. Enjoy!

1. The plural of "activity" is not "activitie"

Eye opening activitie!

2. It's a long way to Februrary

21 Februrary 2010

3. There are apparently seven continents in the Ashmolean Museum

The Seventh Continent

4. Older? Younger? My head hurts

The Elder Younger

5. Where the extra comma goes

London 2009 045

6. Brackets[ off center]

[ Two Women]

7. Another missing Oxford comma

London 2009 037

8. What button do I press to get to the third floor?

LG, G, 1, 2 > > -1, G, 2, 3 (Display is always G)

9. Curious indeed


10. Wrong, in principal

Principle riches

11. And did those FedEx / In ancient time?

On display: FedEx envelope?

12. Museum signage is at once confusing and reflect incompetence

Coinage is Christian and reflect changes

13. Random comma usage a go go (with sentence fragment)

Sugar casters, Ashmolean
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