Passengers are requested not to speak to or obscure the driver’s vision whilst the vehicle is in motion.
This sign is near the driver’s seat on London buses. We know what the author intended, and the formal style, motion, whilst, obscure, are requested, reminds us to respect the message. The bus company means what it says. Well, almost. Speak to the driver’s vision. Some people might be able to. It's a bit spooky, though, for the average bus.
I wonder what the company would say if I rang their helpline to point out the mistake in grammar.
Sometimes we know what we’re doing is wrong, or stupid, but we keep doing it anyway. When I travel around London, I play word games in my head. I start with a railway station, take the short ride, say, from Liverpool Street to St Pancreas, then move on by tube and bus to Cockfisters or Dickhead. You can probably think up better ones.
I got this letter from Adelaide, South Australia, from the cultured eastern suburbs.
One of the concreters has flu, according to him. It's probably just a heavy cold, but either way we don't want to catch anything, so I had the dilemma of flu germs on the coffee mug after he'd had the coffee I made him. My husband wisely suggested finding an old mug, then throwing it away afterwards, because I didn't want it germing up the kitchen sink. This was fine until they had to finish early and come back today, meaning another cup of coffee would need to be offered and I can't keep throwing away mugs. I had to clean it somehow, so I stood it in the laundry trough with a little squirt of dishwashing liquid and poured boiling water all over it. One cannot be too careful. I dried it with a paper towel and now it's ready for his next cup of coffee on Monday. The irony is, of course, that this cup of uncleanliness and germs is probably much cleaner now than my daily cups and dishes washed all together in the kitchen sink.
I like the scepticism, the nervous energy, the shared commitment, the regard for duty, the thrift, the creativity, and the meticulous care. The sense of irony.
I like the workman. He didn’t ask if the mug was clean.