Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Effluents, drinking "frohibited"

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We have a double W word today for ABC Wednesday: wastewater!
Since the public gardens in the Negev town of Omer are irrigated with effluents (wastewater), drinking from the taps or hoses is . . . is what?!  -- "frohibited"!
Haha, another Israeli sign blooper!


Purple is the conventional color to warn of effluents.
I have seen big purple valves in fields but this was my first time to see all the drip irrigation hoses thus marked. 


The funny signs and the purple pipes are all along this long hedge, and behind the fence are several kindergartens.
Maybe that's why they are being so careful to warn about the water.
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UPDATE Dec. 17, 2015: Funny, just a day after I blogged about greywater, Ben-Gurion Univ. posted this article on Facebook:  
Greywater Reuse for Irrigation Is Safe and Does Not Cause Gastrointestinal Illness, According to Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research Study 
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(Linking also to signs, signs.)
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19 comments:

Come Away With Me said...

Frohibited . . . that's fleasingly funny!

Cloudia said...

Israel is the wizard of water - not of spelling english, LOL

Melody Steenkamp said...

Some water indeed it not for comsumption ;-)
Other water is !!

Have a nice abc-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫

Karl Demetz said...

Finally something that is NOT prohibited !

Tom said...

"frohibited"! New to me!

Gosia k said...

interesting sign

Roger Owen Green said...

scary sign!

ROG, ABCW

William Kendall said...

Frohibited is new to me too!

Dina said...

Hebrew letter peh is sometimes pronounced p and other times f. But I don't know why this should confuse the sign painter in English. But somehow PROHIBITED got sounded out and written as "FROHIBITED." It's funny.

Gemma Wiseman said...

This spelling weirdness in the sign at least draws more attention to the sign's important message.

Lesley said...

This sign writer likes the letter f! I would have used 'wastewater' rather than 'effluent', too.

Jim said...

Very punny. :P

Hels said...

Typically non-English speakers get 2 letters mixed up in English. My Russian relatives always mixed up V and W eg "you can buy vine at the winyards". Argentinians always exchange B and V eg "my name is Bictor, how do you do".

Very funny :)

Taken For Granted said...

Yes, this may be the wrong spelling, but I'm the last one to critisize someone for making an error. I'm completely illiterate in Hebrew and Arabic. One might think that sign makers should have proof readers to check before they make the sign.

VP said...

Very nice, but we have seen worse around here!

José Mendonça said...

I love wrong spelling signs! LOL! Not uncommon here (and I don't mean Chinese shops...)

cieldequimper said...

Looool! Too funny Dina. We have sooooo many of them here!

ellen b said...

Frohibited Prohibited...whatever works!

Benjamin Kingery Loomis Roy Moore said...

very nice.