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Trader Joe’s

 

Pop Corn

 

I was in Trader Joe's this morning to pick up their excellent orange juice and Turbinado sugar.

 

Big bummer…Turbinado sugar has been discontinued, I was told.  Damn…one of my major reasons for shopping there.

 

But I managed to find some grammar humor in the disappointment. The shelf with bags of popping corn had a sign that said "Poping Corn". The price of the corn couldn't have compensated for the misspelling. 

 

So I asked one of Trader Joe's delightful store people if she had tasted the "poping corn".  She expressed immediate surprise, but checked the shelf sign to understand what I was talking about.

 

I explained that I have a blog with my name Grammar Nazi…involving grammar, spelling, and punctuation. She understood completely; and offered her #1 grammar offense…"irregardless".

 

I think we have a new friend for RedPencilworks.

 
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“gimme”

 

More serious than a golf term!

 

I don't know the source or history of this abortive word, but it has found its way into daily communications… "gimme a call"…"gimme a day or two"…"gimme a chance to get even"…"gimme a break"…

 

Why can't normal people simply articulate the original English-language meaning…"give me…"?

 

Perhaps the world's golfers are to blame. In golf, a gimme is a shot that the other players agree can count automatically without actually being played…a short putt, for instance, conceded to an opponent in casual or match play. 

 

No surprise, I suppose, it has also become the brand name for a coffee company:  http://www.gimmecoffee.com/   

 
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