January 14, 2010

A Sign from Above

A sign posted on Oddly Specific reads:

Please do not annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, worry, badger, harry, harass, heckle, persecute, irk, bullyrag, vex, disquiet, grate, beset, bother, tease, nettle, tantalize or ruffle the animals.

I think they've covered all the bases.

I'm still trying to figure out how they sorted them. It's clearly not in alphabetical order, and yet there are alliterative couplets. How decidedly odd.

What's also funny is how many of the first synonyms of the words show up. If you thesaurus it up, you get:

Kindly do not irritate, tease, badger, pester, harass, trouble, pester, harass, jeer, harass, irritate, (bullyrag is not a real word), annoy, perturb, irritate, plague, disturb, make fun of, irritate, tease or annoy the creatures.

Terms that appeared in the original are bolded.

I only wonder why they didn't have irritate on it the first time.


Gretchen said...


do you look at random sites in your spare time?

Tea said...

pretty much, yeah. Although this one was linked by Rube, who then spent about fifteen minutes sending links to pictures on the site to me faster than I could read them.

Ginny said...

I wonder where you can find these signs? I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of weird things in real life.