The seagulls of Edingburgh dive for “illegaly presented refuse”

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Geoffrey K. Pullum of the Language Log (a blog about languages and linguistics, six years in action, also in hard copy) today presented the world with the most fabulous description of what happens when residents break trash regulations in a city of seagulls. Everyone, this is a mandatory read. To give you a taste:

What the Edinburgh city council finally did, in response to my calls to the Environmental Protection department, was to come round and note sacks that had been put out too early, and they stuck on at least one of them (the one I noticed on Thursday) a small sticky label saying “THIS REFUSE HAS BEEN CHECKED FOR ILLEGAL PRESENTATION.”

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