‘No Littering’ Sign Gets Positively Shakespearean

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Sign on a fence near Green Street T

Karla Vallance

Sign on a fence near Green Street T

Jamaica Plain shows its personality in a lot of little ways. Even in the wording of an anti-littering sign near Green Street T.

Sign on a fence near Green Street T

Karla Vallance

Sign on a fence near Green Street T

In choosing, "beseech," the sign-maker went for a word that's out of fashion, as you can see from Google's graph of the word's use over the last 200 years:

Graph of use of the word "beseech" over time

Google. Do a search for "beseech" and this will come up.

It's certainly classier than this sign spotted recently by JP's Neal Simpson:

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