Monday, August 16, 2010

Grammar Lesson

Not sure when to use the word 'less' versus the word 'fewer'? Never fear, for Grammar Girl has a tip to help you remember which of these similar words to use....

Just think of those signs at grocery store express lanes that read, '10 items or less,' she says. And then remember that the people who drafted those signs are dumb fucks who have shitty jobs, no doubt because of their inability to grasp complex English grammar rules. Thus, you should not copy the signs and should instead use fewer in this situation, because groceries are countable. Less is only to be used when individual items can not be counted.

Confused? Apparently, you're not alone.

Near the defunct St. Vincent's Hospital
New York City, July 17, 2010

While in New York City in July I also hit the Guggenheim (which I shall remember for the overpriced bite-size brownie purchased in the cafe rather than for the art) and the Museum of Sex (greatly enlarged since my last visit, suggesting size does matter) and walked Manhattan up and down. You'll have to take my word for all that, though, because the above pic is the only one I've deemed worthy of posting at the moment seeing as how I've covered NYC in pics before and have a backlog of other photos to post from post-NYC visits to DC and Vermont, as well as forays around Boston. Stay tuned for all that.