Best sign ever?


  1. #1 BlueMaxx
    March 30, 2010

    Somehow, I KNEW you were going to post that!!!

  2. #2
    March 30, 2010

    Always have someone check your French when you are not a native speaker. I think what they were angling for was “la petite mort,” a euphemism for “orgasm” more used in English than in French, but what they got was “the little corpse.”

  3. #3 Scott
    March 30, 2010


    Given that the phrase in question appears next to what appear to be three stylized coffins, “the little corpse” may have been intentional.

  4. #4 RobNYNY1957
    March 30, 2010

    If there are three of them, it would be “les petits morts.” But it’s not impossible.

  5. #5 Ornage Lantern
    March 30, 2010

    Down the street the foreskin fair was cancelled due to unforeseen circumcisions.

  6. #6 mk
    March 30, 2010

    ‘”…but what they got was “the little corpse.”‘

    I thought that would be “le petit cadavre.”

  7. #7 Dave
    March 30, 2010

    @4 Well, the comments at Orac’s source indicate the sign is from Atlanta, and a bit of google-foo finds this:
    Hopefully the sign above the store with only a single coffin satisfies your inner L’Academie Francaise.

  8. #8 Leon Stander
    March 30, 2010

    On a similar note, from the Astrological Magazine:

    “We regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the publication of The Astrological Magazine will cease with the December 2007 issue.”

    I blogged on this back in 2008. I initially thought it to be an urban legend, but checked their website, it seemed legit.

  9. #9 bioephemera
    March 30, 2010


  10. #10 daijiyobu
    March 30, 2010

    Very Far Side.


  11. #11 RobNYNY1957
    March 30, 2010

    “Le mort” means dead man, dead person or dead body, depending on context. The store’s URL is “little female corpse,” which still leaves me wondering if they meant “la mort.” But the store seems to sell goth gear, including erotica, so maybe instead of bad French it is sophisticated French wordplay that leaves goths rolling in the aisles.

  12. #12 blf
    March 30, 2010

    Ah, but if they’d put up a sign saying psychic fair cancelled due to foreseen circumstances, then the police or somebody would be after them for taking in advance bookings in the full knowledge it wasn’t going to happen.

  13. #13 rob
    March 30, 2010

    Ornage Lantern, shouldn’t that be unforeskin circumstances?

  14. #14 bri
    March 30, 2010

    no, it’s unforeskin circumcisions.. Which, i suppose is redundant as well as repetitive..

  15. #15 Luna_the_cat
    March 30, 2010

    @RobNYNY1957 — I vote either wordplay or simple alternative to “petit mort”, as that domain name appears to have been parked on.

  16. #16 The Gregarious Misanthrope
    March 30, 2010

    @Dave #7

    And located in Little Five Points, no less, probably the major hub of all things alt in ATL.

    Ya’ll drop in fer all yer Goth gear! Ya hear?

  17. #17 Mark P
    March 30, 2010

    That reminds me of way back when I worked for a newspaper, sometimes filling on the desk. Every time a local psychic group announced a meeting, which we ran in little fillers, I wanted to headline it “Psychic group predicts meeting”. But they wouldn’t let me.

  18. #18 speedwell
    March 30, 2010

    Maybe the owner’s name is Mortimer, and he’s short.

  19. #19 Deb
    March 31, 2010

    Now that is very cool. It will take them a while to live that one down.

  20. #20 DLC
    March 31, 2010

    It’s priceless!

  21. #21 Sili
    March 31, 2010

    I assume everyone’s already linked you to Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal:

  22. #22 Dr. Mary Johnson
    March 31, 2010

    That was good for a coffee sinus wash.

    But isn’t it legally risky (i.e. like malpractice) for these particular professionals to admit unforseen circumstances?

  23. #23 Daniel J. Andrews
    March 31, 2010

    In Kitchener, Ontario, there was a psychic named Gina (in the mid- to late-80s). She used to have a big advertising sign outside her shop saying, Gina Physic. It stayed there for many a month. Maybe she doubled as an aerobic instructor? 🙂

  24. #24 PW Hendon
    March 31, 2010

    Very funny sign…BTW, speaking of the french term on the sign, in French an orgasm is called “Le petit mort” or the little death.

  25. Oh my goodness this cracked me up…love me some good irony 😉

  26. #26 chainman1982
    April 1, 2010

    Without having any great french linguistics skills I’m pretty sure it is saying “The little death” refering to an orgasm

  27. #27 Dude
    April 1, 2010

    @chainman & PW Hendon: Did either of you even read the earlier posts regarding the French language usage, or do you both just write comments with utter disregard for the entire human race going on around you? Oblivious, meet Clueless. Clueless, Oblivious. Now go take these earplugs and blindfolds and go play in the street or something. Have fun you two!

  28. #28 Zeno
    April 3, 2010

    I thought ‘le petit mort’ wasn’t the orgasm itself, but the period of collapse/exhaustion just afterwards – the little death – from which one hopefully quickly recovered.

  29. #29 Marvin
    April 9, 2010

    @Dude: Unfortunately chainman and PW Hendon will never read your scolding.

  30. #30 David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E.
    August 6, 2010


  31. #31 BrightMinds
    August 26, 2011

    Classic 🙂

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