This is broken: Free Clean Dirt

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    This is a cardboard sign I saw while I was biking, posted on the corner of Laidlaw Rd and Thompson Rd in Portland, OR.

    Free Clean Dirt. -- Good thing I don't have to pay for it.

    scottAsavage, John M15, tgsuttle, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. sonic_777111 70 months ago | reply

      "Clean Dirt" is an oxymoron.

    2. Neil Hoskins 70 months ago | reply

      Maybe "topsoil" is the word they're struggling for.

    3. dvdbrockus 69 months ago | reply

      It's reversed. Believe me, when you main as many typos as I do a month, you know what's gone plain wrong.

      The phrase they were looking for was
      "FREE DIRT CLEANING" - which, to housekeepers, meant whoever was behind that was cleaing dirt off their rugs/carpets/etc.

      EDIT: read it again. I proved myself.

    4. dtb_86001 67 months ago | reply

      This means that there are no contaimanents in the dirt. It is against the law to transport dirt that has fuel or oil or chemical spills that have not been treated. The phrase Clean Dirt is a Catch phrase that earthwork contractors use to state that testing has been done to prove there are no contaminants.

    5. Knobby Wheezer [deleted] 66 months ago | reply

      I agree (a) it's an oxymoron and (b) perhaps setting it free is the answer.
      Yes, I know it's a catch phrase. To acknowledge that is to make it unfunny. English, as she is goodly spoken, is funny.

      I liken this sign similar to these others:
      No Hunting Children
      and
      Slow Children.

      I know what they mean, but that's not funny. Funny is better.

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