Posted by Brian frmo Shawnee on June 13, 2005
In Reply to: Warning phrase posted by Steve E on June 13, 2005
: : : : : : : : What is the most often warning phrase in print?
: : : : : : : I'd guess "Close cover before striking." Why?
: : : : : :
: : : : : : 'Not to be taken internally'(?)
: : : : : : DFG
: : : : : Slippery when wet. (?)
: : : : © Copyright.
: : : Wet Paint (a little flexible with 'in print', but still.)
: : : DFG
: : I was originally going to go with "close cover before striking," but when I saw it taken, I had to go to Plan B. As long as we accept it as a (legal) warning, I think © copyright is right on the money. It's in every book, newspaper, magazine, pamphlet, brochure, catalog, package, label, tag, you name it, that has been published for the last century plus.
: I recall seeing an article that in the US each day there are over 40,000,000 packs of cigarettes sold each day and each has the warning: "SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking By Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, and Low Birth Weight"
There are actually 4 different warnings on tobacco products sold in the U.S. They are all supposed to be used with equal frequency. It seems silly to hear a warning issued to pregnant women on a cigar commercial on the radio, but that's equality for you.