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Letter: Simple and familiar words

To the Editor:

Yesterday, as I passed Park View Elementary School, I noticed a sign, which read “Cell phone use prohibited.”

For some reason, the use of the word “prohibited” struck me as somewhat out of place for a warning sign that is there for the safety of school children, as it is lengthy and could be unfamiliar to some individuals.

I asked a recent naturalized citizen if they knew what the sign meant. She didn't, because she did not know the meaning of the word “prohibited,” let alone ever having read it before. I then asked her if she knew what “No cell phone use” meant. She, of course, did.

As we are a nation of immigrants, perhaps we should word signs that are there for all to understand using simple and familiar words and not words that display ones' command of the English language.


Tom Bowler

Glen Ellyn

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