One of our absolutely favorite local art museums is planning to expand, as explained in the following excerpt from a sign on their property. I've redacted the name of the museum, because we've always loved it and I'm certain they are not alone in their total loss of connection to the English language.

For nearly 21 years, the [Museum] has enriched our community with thought-provoking exhibitions. The future looks bright as we are now poised to add 40,000 square feet of enrichment opportunities; world-class exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and multi-purpose event spaces. This planned addition will make the museum a world-class destination experience.

The plan is inclusive, welcoming, and sustainable. With the open expansion, we will serve more in our community with a mission-driven building designed to seamlessly merge art, education, nature, dwell, respite, function, and form. We started with visionary ideas on how to make the museum more cohesive and increase public access and with [our architects'] brilliant partnership, the visionary has been put into action.

All of it is painful to read, but what on earth are we to make of, "designed to seamlessly merge art, education, nature, dwell, respite, function, and form"? Is it actually saying anything at all? And what could they possibly mean by "dwell" in this context?" Will the expansion contain apartments? Homeless shelters?

I love the museum, and have found its small size to be an advantage, not a drawback, forcing its exhibits to be focused and locally relevant. I hope the implementation of the expansion turns out to be better than the explanation.

Posted by sursumcorda on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 12:27 pm | Edit
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This reads like the production of someone for whom English is a second language.



Posted by Grace Kone on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 3:52 pm

At the very least, someone without the services of an editor. Sadly, I've seen in more than one Central Florida museum plenty of evidence that those who write the little signs next to the paintings are without benefit of editor—or even proofreader—also. On the other hand, in European museums, where the signs are quite likely to have been written by someone for whom it is a second language, I've found the English to be quite good.



Posted by SursumCorda on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 6:13 pm
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