Since I started reading English language style guides few years ago, I became critical of the text I see everywhere.
There’s heaps of imperfect writing everywhere; billboards, public toilets, public transport, and oh yeah, this blog. These are all great learning opportunities to practice the rules I read in the books.
I’m in the airport shuttle bus now. Luckily the bus is full and I have no seat to sit. I’m standing few seats behind the driver. This notice caught my attention.
I told myself that if I get a chance to rewrite this notice, I’d rephrase it like this:
For others comfort, please don’t smoke, eat, or drink in this bus. Thank you.
Fewer and direct words.
My writing is far from perfect. I write a lot of loose text. But I believe that if I never stop learning from these everyday opportunities, be open to feedback, and don’t become a snob, I can only get better eventually.