Don't whatever you do molest the alligators

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    OK, no feeding the gators, I can understand that completely. However, being reminded also not to molest them? That had not occurred to me. Why not disturb? It's only one extra letter, and doesn't have the baggage fraught with excessive meaning that the word "molest" does.

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    1. agoork 96 months ago | reply

      Is that a photoshop job or there really a sign in florida like that?!

    2. Terry Foote 96 months ago | reply

      Photoshop never touched this photo, except to crop extraneous space, and there are enough signs like this in Florida to have more than just me puzzled by the wording. Why not say do not "disturb" the alligators....

    3. IrishEyes86 [deleted] 96 months ago | reply

      NIce one, I've seen more than a few of these signs when I used to go down to Florida every Spring Break... I always wondered the same thing...

    4. Jan Egil Kristiansen 88 months ago | reply

      From Webster:

      Main Entry: molest
      Function: transitive verb
      Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French molester, from Latin molestare, from molestus burdensome, annoying; akin to Latin moles mass
      1 : to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect
      2 : to make annoying sexual advances to; especially : to force physical and usually sexual contact on

    5. Terry Foote 88 months ago | reply

      My point is that it's not an *incorrect* usage of the word molest, it's simply an *unusual* usage of the word. The word "molest" is much more often used (in the U.S. anyway) in a very negative sexual connotation, as demonstrated by definition number two from Webster. If you'll look at the comments above, you'll see that others are equally as puzzled, and perhaps amused, by the choice of words as well. Jan, you got me on mislabeling a V1 flying bomb a V2 rocket, but I disagree with you on this one.

    6. Jan Egil Kristiansen 88 months ago | reply

      My comment was too short. I am just as surprised as anybody else to learn that 'molest' did not originally refer to child rape.

    7. (Gary) [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called See The Sign?, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    8. thegreatbambino22 63 months ago | reply

      hell yeah there is a sign like that in Florida i live there

    9. miamibrickell 51 months ago | reply

      I have seen and just uploaded a similar picture of a sign near the Apollo Power Plant that says "do not molest, disturb, or pursue." See in spanish molestar just means to bother. So that's where it's derived.

    10. Terry Foote 51 months ago | reply

      Yeah, I see your point, but this sign has not one word of Spanish, and this sign really has something of an international language to it: big bright red letters and a picture of a dangerous animal.

    11. miamibrickell 51 months ago | reply

      Every language has similarites; English is just a composite of many other languages; a lot of our nouns are German based. English is actually the most "foreign" language in terms of uniqueness.

    12. Terry Foote 51 months ago | reply

      Well sure, in a Noam Chomsky/Stephen Pinker sense, I see your point. ALL languages have on a conceptual level more similarities than differences because the language instinct is imprinted on our genetics - so is our sense of grammar and sentence construction.

      BUT, to change our point of view from the forest of language and linguistics, to the tree of choosing the word "molest," I'm still, and always will be, puzzled by this.

      Or then again, maybe I just have a warped mind.

    13. sexieladie1 25 months ago | reply

      yes there are gators in florida i seen the sign myslef and me and my kids used to look out in the ocean but we never seen the sign untill we started walking and we seen the same sign i am from missouri and i have never seen this before so........i have a picture of the same sign and it is crazy and there is a house right in the ocean,alot of houses i seen i think that it a chance for people to feed peopke to the gators and not get caught.lmao!but its a beautful view.

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