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    Please do not sit here

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    The sign above has been stuck to lots of bus seats in the city where I live. Every time I read it, I think "OK, then what should I do to support social distancing?" It's a perfect example of how swapping the two halves of a sentence would make it much clearer.
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    Re: Please do not sit here

    The buses where I live are postered with the following ubiquitous slogan regarding COVID-19:

    Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

    I don't think the first of those three implorations is particularly great advice.

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    Re: Please do not sit here

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    The buses where I live are postered with the following ubiquitous slogan regarding COVID-19:

    Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

    I don't think the first of those three implorations is particularly great advice.
    And . . . Huh? Bin it? Sounds like what my president would try if shooting Clorox didn't work!

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    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Please do not sit here

    I think "bin it" is BrE for "throw it in the trash." But I certainly agree with jutfrank. The whole slogan seems pretty nonsensical as a way of preventing the spread of covid-19.
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    Re: Please do not sit here

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    The buses where I live are postered with the following ubiquitous slogan regarding COVID-19:

    Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

    I don't think the first of those three implorations is particularly great advice.
    The other two aren't works of genius either.

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    Re: Please do not sit here

    "Catch it, bin it, kill it" has been around a lot longer than Covid. We've seen posters carrying the slogan, mainly in the winter, in the UK for years, aimed at people with colds or flu. The Covid-specific government slogan is now on its third incarnation. So far, we've had:

    1. Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.
    2. Stay alert, control the virus, save lives.
    3. Hands, face, space.

    Apparently, #3 is the current one but I'd never heard of it until today when I Googled the slogans for this post.
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    Re: Please do not sit here

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I think "bin it" is BrE for "throw it in the trash." But I certainly agree with jutfrank. The whole slogan seems pretty nonsensical as a way of preventing the spread of covid-19.
    Yeah, I got it. I'd just never heard it. In the US, painters often say, "Hit it with the Bin."

    So I was picturing shellacking it with some heavy-duty primer. It's got to work, right? How could it not?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Please do not sit here

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    So I was picturing shellacking it with some heavy-duty primer. It's got to work, right? How could it not?
    I don't know. Asking DJT sounds like a good idea.

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