Saturday, November 25, 2006

Ungrammatical germs

We were at Costco last night. Ostensibly, we went there to buy some new luggage and frozen stir fry, but we came out with no luggage and lots more than just stir fry. Costco has a tendency to do that to you. But when they're handing out coupons for $20 off absurdly overpriced printer toner cartridges, who am I to say no?

While we were waiting in line, I was looking at their cold remedy aisle. They were selling that product called Airborne in bulk packages. The packaging had a picture of the developer of Airborne next to a quote that said this:

"I created Airborne because, as a teacher dealing with young children I was sick of catching colds in the classroom."

Now, call me nitpicky, but shouldn't there be a comma after "children"? Yes, there should. I'm not one to point out strangers' random grammatical errors (well, maybe a little...), but when a person mass-markets a product and charges lots of money for it, and furthermore chooses to advertise the fact that they are a teacher (it was stamped all over the packaging), I think they should be really careful about making mistakes in their product slogan. Anyone should be careful, but especially someone who chooses to identify herself as a teacher of our little ones.

Needless to say, I won't be buying any Airborne soon. It's amazing the advertising damage a comma - or the lack of one - can do.

3 comments:

Nancy said...

You buy stir-fry there, too? I just tried your recipe that you gave me (or a variation there of) using such stir-fry veggies. It was great!

Anonymous said...

Bridget,
I share your 'nitpicking' sense!..
I agree entirely!..
I get very cross about misplaced, missing, or unnecessary commas and apostrphes!..
I recommend a little book called 'Eats, Shoots & Leaves' by Lynne Truss. Subtitled 'The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation', it takes a critical, but light-hearted, look at the use and misuse of commas, apostrophes and other punctuation marks.. It is very witty and enjoyable..
I don't know whether it is available in the States, but here in Britain, it was very popular last year.. (God bless Amazon!..)
Sticklers of the World: Unite!...

Bridget said...

Costco stir-fry is the best stir-fry ever.

I did read Eats, Shoots & Leaves about a year ago and found great joy in the fact that there are other people out there like me :).

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