Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Figure This One Out

Unfortunately, this time I didn't have my camera on my hip, but I did write down what the sign said. Let me set the scene. I was in front of a very nice store that sold western-style bridal gowns and other items for a wedding, including favors and flowers.

This was the sign over the door to the shop.


I asked everyone who spoke English to tell me what they thought it meant. I had several very "clever" answers, none of which were right. It wasn't until I came home and talked to some Chinese-American students that I "got" it.

Do you "get" it?


  1. No, I don't get it. Please explain.

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  2. I'm waiting until a clever writer/editor gets this. Well, I'm waiting a little longer, but not much. I'll give the answer when I'm back from SCBWI.

    Hint: It has to do with English idiom.

  3. Hmm. I have a feeling Tricia got it. Although since vertical is on end, or standing, someone standing with the bride, like a bridesmaid shop? Or vertical as in ... ahem ... a "mens" bridal shop, or tuxedo store? Okay, I'd better stop there.

    Hope you have a great time in LA, Lee. Tell us all about it when you get back.

  4. It ain't virtual, and it doesn't have anything to do with standing upright. Ahem! Mel.

    Think idiom. Back by the 11th. In the meantime ask someone who also speaks Chinese--probably Cantonese.

    CU Soon.


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