Selling Bad Grammar

A sign on a food vendor, in Queens, New York.

I found this sign plastered on a food vendor selling Tibetan momo. There’s no telling what it’s trying to convey. There are, however, a couple of ways of interpreting this.

1. So far, they’ve been passing off water as soup to their customers. But from the first of December, they promise to make amends, and sell soup.

2. All the soup they’ve served, so far, has been so watery and dilute (with the two in the ratio of 95 percent and 5 percent) that their customers took it to be hot water. Come December 1, they’ll change the proportion such that the new concoction is thicker and hopefully, more palatable.

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