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Exclamation on yellow background • Take notice!

•• Published on: Oct 6, 2015

I first noticed the emergence of the exclamation mark as a ‘take notice’ roadside sign 2010 I was heading for Tullow and had just taken the Bunclody road coming out of Enniscorthy. There was the lonely black ! on a yellow square sitting on it’s point, with black frame. There was no explanation for that exclamation!

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They said this was a nice shot of  Wexford Town but the sign got in the way.

As time passed I noticed the !  temporally appear along the N11/ M50 road development works. From the car (as a passenger) I snapped a few examples (it’s an entertaining pastime capturing clear signage while in motion, not so much, through tinted windows.) Exclamations became more wide spread, approaching towns the ! indicated permanent cautions of regular hazards.

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! is a good universal symbol to suggest pay attention without preaching/ chanting:  danger danger. ! says pay attention, BeAware with a little humour.

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Though I admit some business have taken the humour element a little tongue in cheek

 

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The !’s began to appear all over the place

this one I believe to be miss appropriately used. the contents of this bottle is far more dangerous than the ! suggests

This one I believe to be miss appropriately used. The contents of this bottle are far more dangerous than the ! suggests. An old fashioned orange corrosive contents icon or Skull & Cross bones are far more appropriate.

 

The old fashioned coroesvie contents or Skull & Cross bones In my heart it will never take the place of the danger electricity thunderbolt, as a child I recognised & respected that message.

In my heart ! will never take the place of the danger electricity thunderbolt, as a child I recognised & respected that message. To this day it still catches my eye.

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