On Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:53:22 +0100, Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden Post by David Kleinecke Post by Paul
The current UK rail security slogan, intended to combat terrorism, is
"See it, say it, sorted." This sounds exactly like "See it, say it, sort it."
However, the two messages are significantly different.
A google search shows that many people are confused with the
wrong version "See it, say it, sort it." getting lots of references.
I wonder if the ambiguity is intentional. Presumably people tend to
understand themselves reasonably well and a person can "sort it" themselves
if they feel confident and knowledgeable enough, or restrict themselves
to just seeing and saying if a more passive bystander.
I actually suspect that they didn't spot that the message is totally
ambiguous when heard rather than read, which is an astonishing oversight
for such a high-profile campaign.
I have no idea what either version of that slogan means - even
in the context of terrorism.
Incomprensible in British English (mine, at least) as well.
I think that
"See it, say it, sorted"
1. If you see something unusual
2. Report it
3. Job done / Situation dealt with.
OED on "sorted" [lightly edited]:
Draft additions May 2001
a. Chiefly Brit. slang. Of a state of affairs, etc.: fixed, settled,
secure; arranged, prepared, dealt with.
Chiefly used predicatively and (esp. in earlier use) frequently
indistinguishable from the past participle of the passive verb
(cf. sort v.1 16a(e)). Also as int., esp. used to express assent
to a proposal, readiness to act, or to mark the satisfactory
conclusion of a transaction.
In quot. 1982 probably more closely related to sort v.1 11f.
1982 Washington Post (Nexis) 7 Sept. d2 But with insurance money
and investments, I'm set financially and my life is pretty well
1986 T. Barling Smoke ix. 178 ‘And your social commitments in
the stand.’ ‘They're well sorted.’
1995 Independent (Nexis) 29 July 8 They could be sensible with
their life, financially sorted at 25, for example.
1997 C. Higson et al. Fast Show: Ser. 3 (BBC TV script for
Darlington filming, 27 July–10 Aug.) 130 Simon: Right? Lyndsay:
Nice one! Simon: It's gripped. Lyndsay: Sorted!
1998 J. Baker in S. Champion & D. Scannell Shenanigans (1999) iv.
70 It's sorted. You can go in.
1999 R. T. Davies Queer as Folk: Scripts 46 On the house!
Peter Duncanson, UK