Why to they spell it T-H-R-U?
Why on road signs they spell through thru
EX. No Thru Way what if a second grader was studying for a spelling
test and saw the road sign
amr shalakani thought up this idea:
mmm..i think a second grader
failing his english test is much better than having a bunch of
drivers dead cause it took them too much to read a sign and loosing
their concentration off the road.
Catt agreed with amr shalakani:
through is too long and too hard to spell, thru is
much quicker to read
TB faithfully thought of these ideas:
1). To save on painting. When you paint
thousands of signs. Even deleting 1 letter can save a lot of money.
2). Allows for smaller signs saving money. 3). Drivers have only
seconds to read signs.
I know all wrote this:
they spell it "thru" because it is a
shorter way to write it so it takes up less room. also it is
commonly known what thru means. about the second grader with the
spelling test well s/he would just ask someone what it is, and also
believe that it would be more of a third grade word then a second.
pavolka responded with this:
For the same reason they assassinated the
apostrophe. To make things shorter. That way on a given size of sign
they can use larger letters that can be seen further away.
Mr. Obvious pointed this out:
Road signs spell the word T-H-R-U to make the
message short and to the point. It's like those "PED X-ING" signs: "PED
X-ING" is much more efficient a message than "DANGER! PEDESTRIANS
the saint concluded with this:
Well, think about where you've seen it spelled like
that? Give up? How about road signs--as in "no thru traffic." It
started as a way to condense the word "through" phonetically so it
would fit better. Same goes for "hi" and "lo" on some product switch
labels--shorter and more visible if you have limited space. This
sort of thing is easy to do with English because there can be so
many "silent" letters.
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