I recently encountered the following sign:
I immediately thought of this:
When I got home, I looked up what Mr. Merriam-Webster had to say:
3a (1) : a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other (2) : a division of a larger contest (3) : the number of points necessary to win (4) : points scored in certain card games (as in all fours) by a player whose cards count up the highest (5) : the manner of playing in a contest (6) : the set of rules governing a game (7) : a particular aspect or phase of play in a game or sport<a football team’s kicking game>b plural : organized athleticsc (1) : a field of gainful activity : line <the newspaper game> (2) : any activity undertaken or regarded as a contest involving rivalry, strategy, or struggle <the dating game> <thegame of politics>; also : the course or period of such an activity <got into aviation early in the game> (3) : area of expertise : specialty 3 <comedy is not my game>
4a (1) : animals under pursuit or taken in hunting; especially : wild animals hunted for sport or food (2) : the flesh of game animalsb archaic : pluckc : a target or object especially of ridicule or attack —often used in the phrase fair game
I was not out in the boonies nor was I anywhere near a wild animal preserve. In fact, I was in a populated area close to businesses and within a quarter of a mile of a college campus.
Then I understood. College students majoring in urban planning/sign design just forgot to add “r” at the end of “game.”