men at work

The local pub has scaffolding up and their noticeboard invites customers to “bare with us” while external decoration is undertaken.

Sign: Business open as normal. Please bare with us while external decoration is being undertaken
The words stripping, cladding and frieze come to mind.

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

4 thoughts on “men at work”

  1. “Business open as normal” is a deeply dodgy phrase too. When the police visit on a Saturday night, do they round up the normal suspects? And the combination of jargon (“external decoration”) and ponderous syntax (“is being undertaken”) leaves me almost too depressed to scoff. Oh well: at least they write “while”, not the abominable “whilst”.

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