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Learner's Mistake Three

In Case of Fire...

This funny English is from a hotel sign:
"In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter." �
Explanation: A "porter" is someone who can carry your suitcases in a hotel. "Do your utmost" is correct English, but it seems a bit too formal (and maybe a bit too enthusiastic!) which makes the mistake sound funnier. The mistake is the verb "to alarm" which does NOT mean "to notify" or "to tell". Actually, "to alarm" means "to scare" or "to frighten". The image of a hotel guest trying to frighten the porter is quite amusing! (^_^) [If you want to express the idea of "tell" or "notify", you can say "sound an alarm" ("sound" is a verb here) or "set off an alarm".]

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