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  1. #1 Tesco to ditch 'ten items or less' sign after good grammar campaign 
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    Tesco 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."

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    I am so glad Tesco has given in on this, those signs were an, admittedly minor, irritant. :D
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    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:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    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:
    One step at a time Ginger, first remove the source of irrational annoyance before focussing on the people who deserve to be at the receiving end of a stabbing frenzy. :)
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    One step at a time Ginger, first remove the source of irrational annoyance before focussing on the people who deserve to be at the receiving end of a stabbing frenzy. :)
    *10 items or less: stabby, stabby, stabby!*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    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:
    Or pay with a check and don't even dig the checkbook out until after all the items have been scanned. :mad: :mad:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyRet View Post
    Or pay with a check and don't even dig the checkbook out until after all the items have been scanned. :mad: :mad:
    That is annoying, thankfully many shops here now refuse to take cheques, it is cash or debit or credit card only. That certainly speeds things up.
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    How about

    TEN TING MAX, BIZZOTCH, INIT.

    That should work. Aiiiie. :D
    Last edited by hampshirebrit; 09-02-2008 at 06:34 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyRet View Post
    Or pay with a check and don't even dig the checkbook out until after all the items have been scanned. :mad: :mad:
    Or stand in the isle after checkout blocking traffic while reading the receipt !
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    Or stand in the isle after checkout blocking traffic while reading the receipt !
    And double-checking everything on it. And arguing with the clerk about a certain coupon. And......well, this list could get long....kind of like those lines.
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    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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