A sign saying "He Hudas not pay" can be seen in many jeepneys around the Philippines. It is a play of words between the phrase "he who does not pay" and the word "Hudas" which means Judas in Filipino.

Whenever I see this sign, I am transfixed. The message is clear, the person who does not pay the driver is likened to Judas. And in a way, the phrase is indeed witty and funny. And yet it is awkward.

I spend the rest of the trip trying to figure out why I feel I have to correct its grammar.

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