Here's a quirky bit of rant for you. My students will recognize this one for sure.
I am at the supermarket with a cranky wife and a crankier nine-month-old. We have just finished filling our shopping cart and now we are standing in line at the check-out lane.
Ben: (Points to the sign above) I can't believe this! Can Wal-Mart really be this dumb?
Ben: That sign says "Twenty Items or Less!"
Ben: It should say "Twenty Items or Fewer."
Ben: The opposite for "more" can be "less" or "fewer." But "less" is reserved for quantities that can't be counted. "Fewer" is used for items that can.
Laura: Only you get worked up about this.
Ben: I'm going to say something about this to the cashier...
Laura: (Sighing) Please don't.
At the cash register
Cashier: Hello. Cute baby.
Laura: Thanks. Say "Hi," Michael.
Ben: Um, your sign should say "Twenty Items or Fewer."
Laura: Ignore him.
On the way out
Laura: Do you have to embarrass me like that?
Ben: Doesn't it bother you that nobody even cares about that sign.
Laura: (Sweetly) I guess it bothers me fewer than it does you.
About The Author
- Ben Edwards
- My name is Ben Edwards. I live in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where I grew up. In 2002, I graduated Truman State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics. I have a wife named Laura and a son named Michael. I am proud to be a Spanish teacher at Notre Dame Regional High School. When I am not working, I like to spend time with my family.