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#1 Tesco to ditch 'ten items or less' sign after good grammar campaign09-02-2008, 01:23 PMTesco has bowed to pressure from those lobbying for the use of good English and have altered checkout signs reading "ten items or less" in the interests of being grammatically correct.
From now on, signs in new stores are to say "up to 10 items" after a long running argument with those who have objected to the use of the word "less" in that context.
Many have argued that the signs ought to read "ten items or fewer" instead of "ten items or less". Their argument is that the word 'fewer' should be used when it refers to quantities that can be counted. 'Less', they say, should refer to quantities that cannot be counted.
The new form of words comes from a suggestion by the Plain English Campaign.
"There is a debate about whether the word should be 'less' or 'fewer'," a campaign spokesman said. "Saying 'up to ten items' is easy to understand and avoids any debate."
I am so glad Tesco has given in on this, those signs were an, admittedly minor, irritant. :D
09-02-2008, 02:01 PM
I don't care what the sign says as long it also indicates that you can be beaten to death by the other customers if you can't count. :mad:
09-02-2008, 07:29 PM
TEN TING MAX, BIZZOTCH, INIT.
That should work. Aiiiie. :D
Last edited by hampshirebrit; 09-02-2008 at 07:34 PM.
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09-02-2008, 08:19 PM
I think they should have the registers only configured to ring up 10 items. If you have more, too bad.This is bigger than presidential politics. This is a battle for America.
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