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We chuckled when we saw this wikiHow title on iGoogle:

“How to Fix a Slow Toilet”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

slow toilet

So, here we go with our word of the day:

fix. verb (used with object)

  • to repair; mend.
  • to put in order or in good condition; adjust or arrrange: She fixed her hair in a bun.
  • to make fast, firm, or stable.
  • to place definitely and more or less permanently: to fix a circus poster to a wall.
  • to settle definitely; determine: to fix a price.
  • to direct (the eyes, the attention, etc.) steadily: His eyes were fixed on the distant ship.
  • to attract and hold (the eye, the attention, etc.).
  • to make set or rigid.
  • to put into permanent form.
  • to put or place (responsibility, blame, etc.) on a person.
  • to assign or refer to a definite place, time, etc.
  • to provide or supply with (something needed or wanted): How are you fixed for money?
  • Informal. to arrange or influence the outcome or action of, esp. privately or dishonestly: to fix a jury; to fix a game.
  • to get (a meal); prepare (food): What time shall I fix supper?
  • Informal. to put in a condition or position to make no further trouble.
  • Informal. to get even with; get revenge upon: I’ll fix him!
  • Informal. to castrate or spay (an animal, esp. a pet).
  • Chemistry. a. to make stable in consistency or condition; reduce from fluidity or volatility to a more stable state. b. to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a useful compound, as a nitrate fertilizer.
  • Photography. to render (an image) permanent by removing light-sensitive silver halides.
  • Microscopy. to kill, make rigid, and preserve for microscopic study.

fix. verb (used without object)

  • to become fixed.
  • to become set; assume a rigid or solid form.
  • to become stable or permanent.
  • to settle down.
  • Slang. to inject oneself with a narcotic.
  • Chiefly Southern U.S. to prepare; plan (usually fol. by an infinitive): I was just fixing to call you. We’re fixing to go to Colorado this summer.

By the way, we’re fixin’ to do a whole blog post on this and related southspeak. Stay tuned.

fix. noun

  • Informal. a position from which it is difficult to escape; predicament.
  • Informal. a repair, adjustment, or solution, usually of an immediate nature: Can you think of a fix for the problem?
  • Navigation. a. a charted position of a vessel or aircraft, determined by two or more bearings taken on landmarks, heavenly bodies, etc. b. the determining of the position of a ship, plane, etc., by mathematical, electronic, or other means: The navigator took a fix on the sun and steered the ship due north.
  • a clear determination: Can you get a fix on what he really means?
  • Slang. a. an injection of heroin or other narcotic. b. the narcotic or amount of narcotic injected. c. a compulsively sought dose or infusion of something: to need one’s daily fix of soap operas on TV.
  • Slang. a. an underhand or illegal arrangement, esp. one secured through bribery or influence. b. a contest, situation, etc., whose outcome is prearranged dishonestly.

fix. Verb phrases

  • fix on/upon, to decide on; determine: We won’t be able to fix on a location for the banquet until we know the number of guests.
  • fix up, Informal. a. to arrange for: to fix up (on) a date. b. to provide with; furnish. c. to repair; renew. d. to smooth over; solve: They weren’t able to fix up their differences.

fix. Idioms

  • fix one’s wagon, Informal. to exact retribution for an offense; treat someone vengefully: I’ll dock his pay and that will fix his wagon.
  • in a fix, Older Slang. pregnant.

Source: dictionary.com

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We have long been “Peppers” … fans of the 10, the 2, and the 4, the “King of Beverages” and “The Most Original Soft Drink Ever” … even basking in the soda pop celebrity of having met the owner of the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant in … well, the world! Dublin, Texas (outside of Ft. Worth) is home to this plant that is the last holdout for pure cane sugar (instead of high fructose corn syrup) in their drinks. But, we digress …

This week, we were dismayed to hear a grammar goof in a TV commercial for the 23 flavors. The latest Dr Pepper “Trust me – I’m a Doctor” campaign may be a boost for Dr. Dre (rapper, record producer, actor) – their  spokesman, however, it has grammar protectors running for a remedy. Here’s the gaffe:

“Scientific tests prove … when you drink Dr. Pepper slow, the 23 flavors taste even better.”

Now, slow may produce hits for Dr. Dre, as he claims in this ad, and if we were, with an adjective, describing this tasteful treat, slow would be fine. In this case, though, the traditional and proper usage is slowly, the adverb.*

So, Dr Pepper and Dr. Dre, we would like to introduce you to Dr. Grammar (yes, there really is such a practitioner – click here to discover him).

We recommend prescriptive grammar, a couple of tablets (or a blackboard) and a sentence of “I will drink it slowly as community service, to avoid the GrammarGallows.

We will continue to “Drink a Bite to Eat at 10, 2 and 4 o’clock” because, truly, “One Taste & You Get It” and “Dr Pepper, nothing better.” However, the “Dr’s Orders” to “Drink It Slow will not be on our prescription pad any time soon.  

While you’re reading … why not “Be a Pepper” and take a drink of “America’s Most Misunderstood Soft Drink” as it is “Good For Life” even if its grammar may not be.

Dr Pepper

* We anticipate receiving comments that the adverb form slow is widely accepted, and has been in use since about the 15th century … OK, we concede its use, but … let us have our fun, please … we like the traditional.

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