It’s all in the meaning…

Yesterday I saw a wonderful example of confusing English. Comedian and writer John Finnemore (@JohnFinnemore) had tweeted this:

 

‘Double bed room which is located between Kilburn and Queen’s Park. This room is close by too many stations.’

What does this mean to you?

The way that part of the first sentence is written – double bed room – could mean a number of things:

a) a room with two beds

b) a room with a double bed

c) a room filled with double beds

d) two rooms containing beds

The second sentence says that the room is ‘close by too many stations’. This gives the impression that:

the room is surrounded by several stations and the writer is unhappy about it.

 

What should the advert say?

If the writer wanted to be clear, they should have written:

‘Double bedroom which is located between Kilburn and Queen’s Park. This room is close by to many stations.’

They could also have said:

‘Double bedroom which is located between Kilburn and Queen’s Park. This room is near many (railway/bus) stations.’

 

Have you seen or heard any examples of confusing English? If you have, we’d love to know, email us and we can share it with our students.

 

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