Make/take a left/right, etc.
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Oct 2 23:30:39 UTC 2002
At 12:19 PM -0700 10/2/02, Ed Keer wrote:
>> Somehow this discussion of "make" vs. "take",
>> combining with the
>> thread on Philly, reminds me of that great billboard
>> you see coming
>> down on Amtrak from New York to Philadelphia just
>> outside New
>> Jersey's Capital City, reading
>> TRENTON MAKES
>> THE WORLD TAKES
>> I've never been able to figure out if this is pride
>> speaking, or a complaint.
>I've always loved that sign, which by the way is also
>in large neon letters on a bridge crossing the
>Delaware from Trenton to PA. I've tried collecting
>similar slogans with unintended (?) other readings.
>Unfortunately, the only other one that comes to mind
>is New Hampshire's LIVE FREE OR DIE which always
>seemed like a threat to me.
Well, for many years the Exit 6 sign on the westward
Cross-Westchester Expressway (I-287) read:
NO WHITE PLAINS
--until, as I've remarked in print, the powerful neo-Aristotelian
lobby exerted its influence to get it changed. It now reads NO WHITE
PLAINS/WHITE PLAINS, which is somehow less catchy. (NO here of
course is intended to designate 'North'.)
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