Signs of desire to communicate, though barriers to verbal agreement exist

Next in our ongoing cross-section of the webs whose only common theme is general interest and being red meat for pedantic, finger-pointing schoolmarms/masters editorial oversight, an article about a simple but effective-sounding idea to combat loneliness among the elderly. A town in England has set up signs at certain park benches welcoming people to stop and say hello and chat a bit. As always, communication is key. Just a small subject-verb (dis)agreement elevated the story to “Shoulda Spelled My Beans” award status:

“The sign simply helps to break down the invisible social barriers that exists between strangers who find themselves sharing a common place,” said Police Community Support Officer Tracey Grobbeler in a statement.

We’re confident no existential crisis for the people of Avon and Somerset exists, and hope those barriers do come tumbling down. Good things happen when people from different walks communicate. Let people know how you feel, being careful not to simply lash out if you’re not the happiest camper that day. Ask a question, without treating it as a rhetorical assumption. You never know what might come of it. That’s the beauty of communication.


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