1. LMThomas
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    How do you write the text from a sign in a work of fiction?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by LMThomas, Feb 29, 2016.

    I'm wondering how I would write the text from this sign:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=one+lane+bridge+ahead&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=971&tbm=isch&imgil=vZtSNTCBlZ5LsM%253A%253ByQCS-ZpoUJCQAM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.roadtrafficsigns.com%25252Fsigns%25252Fslow-one-lane-bridge-ahead-sign%25252Fsku-k-9061.aspx&source=iu&pf=m&fir=vZtSNTCBlZ5LsM%253A%252CyQCS-ZpoUJCQAM%252C_&usg=__w5953iKjlyCvYPMa8ViwA8kN1p0%3D&ved=0ahUKEwj39_WRtJ3LAhVV72MKHXx8DecQyjcIKQ&ei=r3PUVrfkMdXejwP8-LW4Dg#imgrc=vZtSNTCBlZ5LsM%3A

    In this situation: An hour and a half later he was nearing the bridge. Then he saw the familiar yellow sign ______
     
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    I'd do it with italics.

    Either:

    1)
    Then he saw the familiar yellow sign: One Lane Bridge Ahead

    2)
    Then he saw the familiar yellow sign,
    Slow: One Lane Bride Ahead
    I think I prefer the second one - indented blockquoting, because it allows for that implied colon you get on a lot of signage. But there are probably a bunch of ways to punctuate that. You probably could do it with quotes as well, but I think italics are cleaner.
     
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    An hour and a half later he was nearing the bridge, a yellow sign said "ONE LANE BRIDGE AHEAD" in big black letters.
     

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