The company I work for has several training departments. One department imparts language training and usually has the glossiest posters dedicated to it. I proofread the last one that was printed.
This morning, a colleague was peering into the poster with a question mark dangling in a thought bubble above his head. He’s a graphic artist - our most whimsical one.
“What happened?”, I asked.
“What’s happening in Poland?”, he asked.
Umm...Frankly, I didn’t know they had news there. Am not really the globally aware sorts.
“Why?, I asked cautiously.
“Poland is getting famous and all...everybody wants to go to Poland.”
Wasn’t it China that was building the pass to the Everest? Or now was there a pass to Poland instead? I mean...
“Why?” Further caution.
“Arre...all the firangs in London want to be in Poland.”
If my colleague was getting such deep insights into international affairs from a language poster, it meant trouble.
“Who told you?” I got defiant now.
“See here”, he pointed. Written in bold was: Polish your English.
You can never proofread enough.