Please Knock

Chapter Two of Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch talks about the critical relationship between the subject of a sentence and the predicate (or the noun and the verb). It also looks at the unintended consequences when writers don't have a strong handle on this essential relationship. I cracked up when I saw this photo of a sign in an antique store in Lafayette, Louisiana. Writer Darrelyn Saloom snapped the photo. The store, When Pigs Fly, was located in the heart of Acadiana. Some punctuation would have made that predicate less brutal. Whoever painted it must have meant Please knock; baby asleep.