August 2, 2005, [MD]

Just a quickie:

Even though I thought my command of the English language was quite good, I was baffled by “PED XING” that was frequently painted on the roads in Palo Alto. Turns out it means Pedestrian Crossing. Doh. Is there really not space to write all of it? I happen to find Xing a very ugly abbreviation. Kind of like every time a movie is subtitles in Spanish, usted/ustedes (you in singular, plural) is abbreviated Ud/Uds. In the same way, I found my brain always stopping up to process it, taking a second extra. Probably just because I am not used to it.


Stian Håklev August 2, 2005 Toronto, Canada
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