Ambiguous sign

Yesterday’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

Two readings for the sign: the intended one, as a NP, labeling the dog and so warning that it’s an attack dog (N + N compound, ‘dog for attack’); or, alas, as a (telegraphic) imperative sentence, urging the reader to attack the dog. To pick out the former, you need a bit more text, say DOG WILL ATTACK.

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