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December 30, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: M27 westbound sign in Hampshire, UK

Southhampton_1Gregg Bond submits a picture of a sign taken between Fareham and Southampton in Hampshire, UK:

I was driving along the road the other evening and spotted this overhead road sign.

Suffice to say, its properly broken :)


!First yay

Well i do like to see those signs testing like this


always funny

Posted by: Riblet15 at December 30, 2005 12:22 AM

immmmm imm to drujnkdnn tto typppe rittw alall tehh keyesy sttickc

Posted by: gmangw at December 30, 2005 12:25 AM

this postts iis alsoso borokeng

Posted by: john russell at December 30, 2005 02:51 AM

I've also seen some flashing a three-page test pattern:






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The dual-repeating pattern of checkerboards is kind of cool to look at, though. My posting it here doesn't really convey it, unfortunately, because the blog software (broken? Nah, probably not) won't allow me to type lines with leading spaces.

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at December 30, 2005 09:08 AM

Musta typed the sign while they were doing it....

Posted by: Josh Z. at December 30, 2005 09:41 AM

_@_v - not broken. that's prolly a sign for one of those scottish or welsh towns with the insanely long and unpronouncable names. i think i've passed thru gritittiningng-in-progogress on my way to the portmerion resort...

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at December 30, 2005 11:16 AM

There will be grrriitttiittiiiinnnng in progress at the Castle of aaaaaaaaaaa....

Posted by: DaveC426913 at December 30, 2005 02:28 PM

Perhaps it isn't broken, just spelled wrong.

Gritting could mean that they are salting the roads, so the sign should read

"Gritting In Progress"

I'm not sure if it's broken.

Posted by: JD at December 30, 2005 03:57 PM

Why you should never type out a sign while sitting on a bucking bronco.

Posted by: Alden Bates at December 30, 2005 06:39 PM

JD - points for being Champion of the Obvious. But how is "spelled wrong" "not broken" ?

I much prefer she-snailie's explanation, LMAO.

Posted by: Pat at December 30, 2005 06:45 PM

I think they're having a joke.

Yesterday was the coldest day in England for 19 years. If you say "gritting in progress" while your teeth are chattering, that's what you get.

Posted by: Paul at December 30, 2005 08:21 PM

Gritittingng is near Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (a real town name in Wales)

Posted by: Dennis at December 30, 2005 08:47 PM

The Washington State Ferries (way broken, BTW) had electronic signs on the footbridge to the boat that said "selftest passed" for about 2 years. eventualy they said "selftest failed" someone put a note next to them that said "whoopie"

Posted by: Ron at December 31, 2005 12:09 AM

This is the coolest sign EVER!!

It's probably a glitch.

Posted by: Bob at December 31, 2005 12:14 PM

Probably a MICRO$OFT GLITCH!!!!!


Posted by: Another Dreary Linux Guy at December 31, 2005 10:49 PM

I agree with Paul...

Posted by: alex42bionicle` at January 1, 2006 11:25 AM

Pat: "JD - points for being Champion of the Obvious. But how is "spelled wrong" "not broken" ?"

A "broken" device is a device that is *designed* poorly, not a device that is operated improperly.

Posting a "This is Broken" about someone who put a peanut butter sandwich in their Sony DVD player slot will not encourage Sony to "smarten up and build better-designed devices".

Posted by: DaveC426913 at January 1, 2006 06:03 PM

its either a glitch (duh broken, that sign is important) or a human error/joke. but when that human is responsible for keeping drivers safe and informed... he is making the DOT look unprofessional, and making it more difficult for someone driving to read. the longer the sign is up, the more broken the organization in charge of signs is for allowing it to remain, and allowing it to happen in the 1st place.

Posted by: gmangw at January 1, 2006 06:56 PM

Searching for 'Gritittingng' on Google shows only one result (this post). Isn't there a term for that? (When you find a search term that returns only one result in Google?)

Posted by: Will at January 3, 2006 11:53 AM

Found the answer:


Posted by: Will at January 3, 2006 12:01 PM

A googlewhack must be two *words*. First you have listed 3 "words" and even the two outside "words" are not found on, the dictionary link used by Google.

Nice try, but not a Googlewhack.

Posted by: Blaine at January 4, 2006 01:51 PM

DaveC, there is no complaint (on my part, anyway) about the device being broken.

The "customers" of road signs are the motorists who read them. A misspelled word on a sign is broken from a customer experience point of view. It doesn't matter whether it was the fault of someone operating an input device, or an actual broken device (which can happen, but in this case there isn't enough evidence to see where the misspelling came from).

Granted, the result can be pretty harmless, as in this case, but it can also be serious enough to make a driver react with a "WTF was that?" and miss a turn, or worse.

Posted by: Pat at January 4, 2006 02:57 PM

I think Paul's explanation makes sense, and that makes it not broken to a person who gets the joke. Despite not being broken, I think the joke was not a bad idea, and all you people who say that that is dangerous and unprofessional are the reason that our corporations and jobs are so damned dull. Let the DOT guys have their fun, and if a motorist gets it, simply hope that they don't laugh hard enough to lose control.

Posted by: Brian at January 9, 2006 09:13 PM

+5 Funny for _@_v !!!

Posted by: Brian at January 24, 2006 03:34 PM

GRITITTINGNG is the process in which people are too drunk to write signs... but they do anyway

Posted by: FLCL at February 25, 2006 08:06 PM

Maybe they made up the word because they like how it sounds like #(%#$ or $^$%&. you get the idea

Posted by: Edison at May 16, 2006 05:47 PM

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