Dorchester Shores Sign Altered With Promiscuous Pun Graffiti
Boston, MA– Cities like Boston are host to many forms of creative vandalism on public signs, buildings, and the like. The same goes for Boston, which is a city that has quite a bit of graffiti dotting the signs and buildings of any sort of significance around the city. Graffiti is a popular art form with historical and cultural significance (though it is still illegal to mark up public places). Every now and then you can spot some truly inventive wordplay crafted by a genius of the English language.
Reddit user u/OptimusPixel discovered a particularly amusing instance of pun-based graffiti recently, sharing a sign erected by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to mark the Dorchester Shores Reservation by the beaches. As evidenced above, a graphic artist had some fun transforming "Shores" into "Whores," and apparently it's been altered like this for the entirety of the winter.
Beaches in Massachusetts are not super popular destinations during the winter so it's no surprise that a sign like this could remain in its current form for so long. Presumably, once more people start taking advantage of the warm weather in Massachusetts (we're almost approaching eighty degree days!), the sign alteration will be un-altered.
The discovery of the sign also lead to some edifying moments, however, as user u/mikeru22 did the research and found that the Dorchester Shores have extremely safe water quality, in terms of quality assurance-based limits. According to Massachusetts water records, the quality of the Dorchester Shores is better than Tenean Beach, but does not quite live up to the par set by a beach like the neighboring Carson Beach. Recent studies have also apparently shown that Boston beaches are some of the cleanest of any city beaches in the country, even outpacing some that are found in Florida, Virginia, California, and Hawaii, four states that are obviously known for high quality beaches.
What began as a humorous observation of graffiti wordplay turned into a moment to celebrate Boston's stellar water quality.
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