Thursday, March 12, 2009

Not to make lIGHT of tragedy, but ...


You've probably read about the shootings that happened in Sampson, Alabama, earlier this week. The caption below this photo on CNN reads
This sign in Samson, Alabama, expresses the thoughts of townspeople stunned after the shooting spree.

Stunned, indeed. I wonder how the fellow who constructed this sign felt when he realized he ran out of uppercase L's, and had to resort to using an uppercase i as a poor substitute for such a somber message. Or maybe it's a number one, which would make the LOST lOVED ONES even more ironic. Oddly, the L and O in lOVED are a different cut from the rest of the letters on the board. Maybe they were hand drawn onto the sign? That would be even less excusable, if the guy writing the sign had a style choice. And the red O doesn't help, either.

Sadly, this is not the first case of lowercase L adding insult to tragedy. I extend my heartfelt sympathy for all who have been hurt by the misuse of lowercase L's.
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