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The only thing that these signs have in common

Only one hint: It’s something that you don’t want to get caught doing.

Okay, I’m giving more than one hint, only I’m not telling about the others.

To confirm the answer — only after you’ve figured it out — see the comments for this post.

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  1. Stella
    January 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

    The ONLY thing I noticed was that ONLY appears (but ONLY once) in each ad — and in every other sentence as well….

  2. January 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    See the URL for this post:
    https://marciarieferjohnston.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/the-writer-misplaced-the-only

  3. Elizabeth
    January 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    So it’s ok to use only, but these signs should have put “only” in a different place in the sentence? (I think I can tell where it’s supposed to be in each case).

  4. January 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Elizabeth, You got it.

  5. Wendy Hood
    January 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    OK, I confess that I am the only reader who did not catch the misplaced ONLY (onlies?). Thanks to your other alert readers who know a bad ONLY when they see it, I will be more alert for this problem in the future. As that great philospher Ray Orbison would say, “Only the Only…”

    • Ray Johnston
      September 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      As that great philosopher Roy Orbison also said (and I think this was in one of his other great hits, “Only the lonely”), “You can call me Ray, you can call me Jay, you can call me RJ, you can call me JJ… but you doesn’t have to call me Johnson…”

  6. January 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I would argue that in most of these examples being colloquial may outrank being grammatically correct. I would be in favor of changing the post office sign and the quality sign, but I don’t think it would be appropriate for the others.

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