One for the weekend – who needs a freelance writer, then?!

| September 16, 2011

I love hiking. Last week I walked the South Downs Way between Woodingdean and Seaford, sixteen miles or so.

Along the way I came across a bunch of new signs saying permissive pathway. Which made me giggle.

Why? Because permissive means habitually accepting something, for example social behaviour, that others might disapprove of. They should have said permitted footpath of course, which means allowed. 

On the other hand there’s no need to qualify the word ‘footpath’ in any way. If you’re not allowed to use it, you don’t need a signpost for it. If you are allowed to use it, footpath on its own will do just fine.

Who needs a freelance writer? The person who commissioned those signs.



Category: copywriting and marketing

By Kate Goldstone - ()

Originally from Middlesbrough, I lived in Brighton for many years before moving to North Devon. I’ve had a passion for words all my life and this is my twelfth year as a freelance writer. In my spare time I draw, paint, sculpt, carve wood and rock, garden, read, write poetry and enjoy long distance hiking. I sing and play the recorder. I collect modernist paintings, vintage rugs and mid-century German art pottery. I’m a member of The Poetry Society. And I am an experienced volunteer shepherd, a ‘Lookerer’.

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