Till the end of Dunglish time


Darn those pesky hour notations!

1. We don’t use ‘th’ for dates in this context, and repeating April is useless.
2. We don’t put 0 in front of hours (8:30)
3. Nobody uses ‘hrs’ in English.
4.’16.00′ is not the evening, it’s still afternoon, beer or no beer in hand.
5. Yes, British English do sometimes use one ‘full stop’ for time notation, I use a colon (‘:’) like the rest of the world and my mobile phone.

There’s lots more wrong, but I don’t have the time (snap).

And the rest makes me dizzy. It reads like cut and paste grammar gone bezerk. But, yes, we do know what they’re on and on and on about.

(Thanks Jannelies!)

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9 Responses to “Till the end of Dunglish time”

  1. Anna van Gelderen says:

    I take it that “bezerk” is a typo for “berserk” 😉

  2. Natashka says:

    Not really, but OK 🙂 http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bezerk

  3. Anna van Gelderen says:

    My dictionary only knows berserk, from the Viking term (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berserker\). But maybe me and my dictionary are behind the times 🙁

  4. Ludolph says:

    “Café de Zwarte Doos will open up starting from 08.30 till 22.30 hrs.”
    Het kost ze kennelijk zestien uur om het café geopend te krijgen. Om 22.30 mag je er eindelijk in.

  5. Emerald Rose says:

    @ Anna: British vs American English. One language, two spellings 😉

    I find too much American and British English used here in one sign. I wish they would have been consistent. It’s doing my head in.

    I’m confused about the use of “till” in the time. I would have said from 8.30 to 16.00.

    The rest reads like something my former university students would have written *le sigh*

  6. Bevin says:

    Maybe you should be happy that non-native speakers are willing to adjust to you by trying to speak English? Go to France and try to find somebody there who will adjust to you. In my opinion this is just unnecessary criticism on marginal things.

  7. Tonny Ramselaar says:

    Ask a British school leaver to write the same.
    You will find triple the amount of grammatical errors!!!
    Even better; Ask a Brit living in Holland to write Nederlands!
    Cheer up and compliment the writer!

  8. Rich says:

    It’s a good thing their restaurants can admit their hours!

  9. Larry says:

    Pretty sure ‘berserk’ is the conventional spelling in all varieties of English. Urban Dictionary is not a reliable source, given that contributors simply make up new terms much of the time.

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