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  • v. Be careful of the gap between the vehicle and the platform it is near, in boarding or alighting.

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  • Yes, Yarb! Now that you mention it, I remember that ominous recording on the London tube. It's rather chilling when you think about it.

    Good one, Ru. The Gap Gaffe is right up there with the Classic Coke Kerfuffle in the Annals of Really Terrible Marketing Blunders.

    September 13, 2011

  • Oh! It could also be a warning to graphic designers about the retail clothing chain's attempted logo change. (Here's how Wikipedia tells it: "On October 6, 2010, Gap debuted a new logo in an attempt to create a more contemporary presence in the retail market. The new logo was made with Helvetica typeface and did away with the blue box that had become iconic with the brand. There was a public outcry against the new logo, especially in the graphic design community. The company returned to its previous "blue box" logo on October 12, only a week after the new logo's debut.")

    September 13, 2011

  • Yes, part of the auditory landscape of London. The reason it's so well imprinted on the London psyche is not just its repetition but the intonation used in the recorded messages. "Mind... the GAP." There's a suspenseful delay before "the gap" which seems to imply that there is more to the gap than we're being told, or that the "the gap" isn't just the gap between the platform and the train, but a more terrible existential gap into which we shall all of us assuredly fall sooner or later.

    September 13, 2011

  • I have a feeling it originated as a safety message used by the London Underground.

    September 13, 2011

  • Very common in the UK. You can also buy T-shirts that say "fuck the gap." A bit harsh if you ask me.

    September 13, 2011

  • The warning posted everywhere on the Toronto subway, referring to the gap between the trains and the platform. Judging by the images below, I assume this phrase is used in the UK too.

    September 13, 2011