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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Criminal Sentence 664: Turn That Bad Grammar Off!

I was sitting in a movie theater and saw this message on the screen:

"Please turn off and refrain from cell phone use."

I am supposed to turn off my cell phone and refrain from cell phone use. I get it but this instruction doesn't quite work. I suppose it sort of makes sense to turn off cell phone use, but it's the cell phone, not the use, that I need to turn off. Plus, it's hard to use a cell phone when it's turned off!

It would be better to ask this:

"Please turn off your cell phone now."

What do you think?


Samuel Campbell said...

How about "cease and desist"?

Carl Taphouse said...

How about "Turn on, tune in, drop out, and shut off your cell phone."