I saw this sign outside a restaurant recently:
“Please advise us if you have nuts and other allergies”.
At first glance they’re talking about two distinctly separate subjects: nuts and allergies. As if they’re expecting you to take the nuts with you to the restaurant and tell them you’ve got them.
Are you allergic to anything?
I suppose it is obvious that this sign should have read:
“Please advise us if you have nut and other allergies”.
Although that wouldn’t have been very well worded either. At least the words nut and other now seem connected. A more sensible approach might have been to say:
“Please advise us if you have any allergies”.
Keep your message simple and don’t try too hard to make it make sense. Sometimes less is more.