Dot Wordsworth

Ancient & modern | 08 November 2008

Dot Wordsworth on the social use of language

‘Are they talking to the trees?’ asked my husband as he banged his stick against a sign attached to a plane tree near the Tate Gallery. He does not need a stick to lean on. He uses it on pedestrians in the way, or, in this case, annoying signs.

The sign said: ‘Low tree.’

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