I am leasing some some space in a commercial building and am opening a
breakfast restaurant. The inspector said that I am required to install
exit signs by both entry doors. I am having the place remodeled so
the electricians put the wiring there for the signs. I dont want the
exit signs to say "EXIT", I want them to say "EGGZIT". That goes
with what we will be serving. Does the sign have to be spelled
correctly? It's still pronounced EXIT.....
*** EGGZIT ****
Building inspectors are barely literate, they might not even notice
the misspelling. Or, you could just wait until they leave and change
the sign. It's not like anyone is going to burn up in a fire because
they mistake the big red 'eggzit' sign for something else.
People will burn up in a fire because in a panic they look around for
EXIT and there isn't one. Really, this kind of suggestion is what gives
the Internet a bad name.
Codes and inspectors exist to protect us against such schemes. The OP
needs to keep EXIT signs as they are specified. He is free to scrawl
EGGZIT (and how did he miss EGGRESS?) on the door in crayon if it gives
him a kick.
"Exit" is similar to a stop sign -- you recognize it immediately without
having to read and interpret, especially in an emergency. It's a safety
thing. You gotta meet the code - what about visitors for whom English is
not a first language -- but why not have your own signs nearby -- you'll
have the same impact. -- Regards
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Exit signs are legally required to say one of two things:
either "Exit", or
"This sign was put here by a dumb-ass who would
rather have you die in the immolation of
this building than have you miss his plebian joke.
You should leave this way. --->
(hair dressers, day-care centers, and failing
food-service establishments.. Always
the stupid names...)
Sounds like the creative names that restaurants use to name washrooms,
sometimes you need a multi-language dictionary to find the "mens". The best
I have found was in a restaurant on a marina where they named the washrooms
"Inboard" and "Outboard".
An investment firm by the name of Clarica has run a number of television
ads to emphasize the importance of "clarity" in the financial world and
one of their past ads had a guy at some club needing to use the washroom
and being faced with two doors with Picasso-like images on them that gave
no clue whatsoever as to which door was for which washroom.
Smart guy, he just waited for someone to come out of one of the doors,
only to find a very androgynous looking individual emerge.
Of course, the Clarica agent then arrived to help clarify the situation.
"Never ascribe to malice what can equally be explained by incompetence."
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