Futility as a figure of speech

Yesterday’s Bizarro, featuring an ad:

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

The book-shaped smartphone case is a nice extra touch.

Written advertisement (in English) for classes for illiterates. And for the blind. And for non-speakers of English. Largely an exercise in futility, with the flavor of contradiction or paradox — though the advertisement would reach sighted speakers of English who can read, and they can relay the information to friends in the target audiences for the ad, so it’s not entirely futile.

A parallel situation not involving language abilities: a disabilitity services office accessible only via a flight or flights of stairs.

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