Friday, July 14, 2006

Definitons, TMR and Ted Danson

According to the l'Express Mont Royal newspaper, the law on street signs does not specify what is meant by simple "predominance" and how French should predominate. And they say what we have been saying:

"[simple predominance] differs from the requirements faced by businesses, where commercial signs must have French lettering at least twice the size of English.

"French and English street names can be the same size, for example, but the French term would have to be above the English one. Alternatively, the French words such as “chemin”, “avenue” and “boulevard” could also be made bigger than their English translations."
So the French can be above or in bold. But what about on the left, as Mayor Housefather has suggested?

Simply having the French term on the left of the sign, and the English on the right, doesn’t give French enough precedence, says Paquette. “It’s the grammatical rule that French be written on the left,” he noted.
Of course, he forgets to add that that is his interpretation of what the word "predominant" means. My interpretation is that text on the left is predominant over text on the right.

To prove my point, look at the way producers of the television show Cheers were able to give the two lead co-stars equal billing during the opening credits. (See below)

Ted Danson appears on the left (at the bottom) and Shelley Long appears at the the right (but on top). The producers and audience knew what I know: left = predominance.

More articles on the tropic

A step backward

Beaconsfield tries to appease language police

Lack of conviction

Government-sponsored vandalism in TMR

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice blog. Are you the same guy who had the campaign to have people stand on the left on the escalator a couple of years ago? Anyway, keep up the good work soldier!