Get out the red pen


To the Editor:

Every time I see one of those bright red signs with white lettering reminding me to “Drive like your kids live here,” I want to get out my editor’s pen. Or create a grammatically correct counterpoint: “Write as if your kids are reading this.”

The manufacturer of this mass-produced street sign, eager to send a message to drivers, sent the wrong message to children. “Like” is a preposition. It is followed by a noun or a pronoun: for example, “like me.”

“As if” is followed by a subject and verb.

It’s bad enough that young people, brought up in today’s texting culture, don’t know how to write. The last thing they need is safe-driving signs that reinforce incorrect usage.

Caroline Baum

West Tisbury