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Friday, 29 November 2013

Word To Use Today: trespass.

We had a glorious walk through the autumn woods the other day. The floor was scattered with little lemon birch-leaf hearts, and from the beeches great slashes of amber were suspended in shafts of sunshine.

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Photo from russavia

When we were nearly back at the car we saw a sign on a gate

It said:

NO TRESPASSERS.
VIOLATORS WILL BE SHOT.
SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN.

It made us laugh (well, we were almost sure it was a joke).

But we didn't go through that particular gate, all the same.

It did make me wonder about the sign-writer's passionate need for privacy, though. Did he have a slightly unreliably-tamed dragon in there? Or a goose that lays eggs of sparkling diamond?

Or, you never know...

...perhaps he was just suffering from a very very bad haircut.

Word To Use Today: trespass. This word comes from the Old French trespas, a passage, and before that from the Latin passus, which means a pace.



2 comments:

  1. I love autumn colours, they're so vibrant!

    A person near us has that same sign on their fence.
    They also have a couple of large mastiff-like dogs that run the fence line near the house area.
    I doubt trespassers are much of a concern!

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    1. Small rat-like dogs would probably be enough, JIngles. Or possibly even annoyed-looking squirrels.

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