"Way Out" vs "Exit" - Signage usability andpassenger experience

13 Sep 2009 - 3:13am
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William Hudson

Just a few thoughts on 'exit' versus 'way out':
- 'way out' is not that uncommon in Europe
- 'exit' is an unusual word in written and spoken English (I cannot
recall the last time I wrote it)
- it is also impossible to work out what 'exit' means if you do not
already know (unless you happen to speak Latin!)

(For anyone interested, word frequency in English is inversely
proportional to word length in syllables. Naturally, that should not be
the sole criteria for choosing terminology!)

So, I can see their point.


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