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Danger: English language at risk

The article 'Sign of the times' (NCE 27 March) showed a photograph of a temporary closure sign attached to permanently fixed posts that read: 'This road will be Closed Wed 24 Oct till Friday 26 Oct Overnight from 9.00pm till 6.00am.'

The compression of such misuse of the English language into a single message is quite an achievement. I took only a modicum of solace at the consistency shown by the author in by-passing the use of the word "until" for a second time.

The firm AURORA claims the credit. Perhaps it could also shed some light on whether the temporary closure is intended to be an annual event on these dates.

MARK TAYLOR (M), Cardiff,

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