Why a road sign made me smile

English vocabulary can be quite funny…..

I went for a walk yesterday, and I saw this road sign:

Picture of a bus stop and a road sign saying "Suspended bus stop."

It made me smile, because this is what I thought of:

A bus stop suspended by three balloons

This is because the word ‘suspended’ has more than one meaning. Here are two of them:

Suspended – not happening for a time

This was the meaning of the word on the road sign. The sign was saying that buses will not stop there until the road works have finished.

Suspended – floating, hanging

This was the meaning that I was thinking of, and it made me smile.

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