Advice from 1816 #1LinerWeds

I met a friend at 1816 (a restaurant) for dinner. In the can, I found this plaque, which I need to share for One Liner Wednesday:

Wash your hands and say your prayers ’cause Jesus and germs are everywhere!

The editor in me wants it to read “germs and Jesus” in order to parallel “wash your hands and say your prayers”. I also want to fix that apostrophe that thinks it’s a single opening quotation mark.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Someone goes around correcting poorly punctuated signs in public places.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Advice from 1816 #1LinerWeds

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    October 9, 2019 at 1:51pm

    Aye. The apostrophe should read


    Directions matter.

    But that is a great way to get people to think about washing their hands properly.

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  2. Daniel Antion

    October 9, 2019 at 2:05pm

    That’s cute. I think your corrections would be better, but this is nice.

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  3. Mitchell Allen

    October 13, 2019 at 8:03am

    When I read it out loud, it scans better, as written. Is that the right word, scans? Heh, it’s all about the rythym.

    I tend to auto-correct signs, YouTube comments and TV shows. My brain rejects discordant phrases and punctuation. Even if Webster decides to treat “they” as a new singular, I still grimace. My pet peeve, though, is the harrowing, “I could care less…”



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      Marian Allen

      October 14, 2019 at 9:35am

      Well, we both agree and disagree: I hate, “I could care less”, but I love the singular “they”, which is quite venerable, as it happens. I prefer it to “he or she” and I understand the desire of non-binary folks to have something that doesn’t force a false identification on them. I also like a pronoun that doesn’t trigger socially ingrained expectations by gender. If a new gender-neutral pronoun could be invented and accepted, I’d be happy with that. Failing that or in the meantime, “they” will do. But I’ll fight for your right to dispute that.

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