This is broken: Free Clean Dirt

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.

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  • sonic_777111 7y

    "Clean Dirt" is an oxymoron.
  • Neil Hoskins PRO 7y

    Maybe "topsoil" is the word they're struggling for.
  • Broken Toy Shop 7y

    Clean fill?
  • dvdbrockus 7y

    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.
  • dtb_86001 7y

    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.
  • Broken Toy Shop 7y

    What DTB said.
  • Knobby Wheezer 7y

    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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