We read this headline last week in the business section of the Austin American-Statesman newspaper:
“Bank of America to cut branches”
What comes to your mind?
Here’s what came to ours:
Too bad money doesn’t grow on trees!
Posted in General, GrammarGag Reel (fun stuff), tagged American-Statesman, Austin, Bank of America, BofA, branches, confusion, cut, English, fun, grammar, headline, language, news, newspaper, Texas, usage, words, writing on August 4, 2009| 1 Comment »
Posted in General, GrammarGoofs & Gaff(e)s, Vocabulary Builders, tagged ad, adverb, advertisement, bottling, cane, commercial, confusion, correct, Dr Pepper, Dr. Dre, Dr. Grammar, drink, Dublin, English, Ft. Worth, fun, goof, grammar, high fructose corn syrup, language, pepper, plant, pop, pure, slogans, slow, slowly, soda, sugar, Texas, tv, usage, words on June 15, 2009| 1 Comment »
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.
* 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.
Posted in General, GrammarGarnish (wordplay), tagged Amy's, Apple, Applied Materials, Austin, Austin Post, authentic, bats, Bush, cycling, Dell, DOA, English, entertainment, fun, grammar, Hole in the Wall, Ice Cream, KLBJ, Lakeway, Lance, language, live, movie, music, Om Yoga To Go, Quaid, radio, Relax The Back, Slacker, SXSW, Texas, The County Line, usage, UT, Virtual Alert, Whole Foods, words, writing, XL on June 11, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Here’s our latest contribution to Austin Post:
Austin sounds presidential on KLBJ radio.
If you’re into cycling, you may not have to wait for the knight to see Lance – a lot.
Posted in General, Tips, tagged American-Statesman, Austin, Burnet, Central Texas, confusion, Coyote, Del Valle, Elgin, English, friends, fun, Govalle, grammar, Guadalupe, how you say it, Koenig, language, Llano, Manchaca, Manor, newspaper, normal, Pedernales, Poinsettia, pronunciation, statesman, Texas, texspeak, usage, vocabulary, words on June 2, 2009| 1 Comment »
… in Central Texas y’all!
This is a excerpt from the Austin American-Statesman newspaper some 15 years ago. We just came across it again and thought this to be a great blog post topic, especially for some of our friends who are new to the Austin area.
Here are a few of the most common Central Texas pronunciations followed by what some maintain are the correct ways to say them:
Enjoy the Texspeak y’all!!!
Posted in General, GrammarGoofs & Gaff(e)s, GrammarGrave (lost causes), GrammarGripes (pet peeves), tagged 1940, advertisement, American, American-Statesman, Army, Austin, confusion, grammar, Hugh Jackman, job, language, like, movie, newspaper, pet peeve, poster, posting, question, role, someone like you, statesman, Texas, Uncle Sam, United States, usage, words, you on May 25, 2009| Leave a Comment »
… Someone Like You …
No, not the movie (although that was a funny role for Hugh Jackman) …
We came across this job posting in the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman (newspaper) classifieds, and it reminded us of a post from last month:
This listing also reminded us of the “Uncle Sam” U.S. Army posters from the 1940s. These messages were directly and effectively targeted. They were unambiguous, to say the least. There was no doubt that Uncle Sam wanted Y-O-U! Not someone like you. Not your friends. Not your family. Not your referrals. YOU!
So, we ask, why would a company who, we believe, really wants you, advertise that they need someone “like you” ?
We don’t get it …
(click on the image to enlarge)
Posted in General, GrammarGag Reel (fun stuff), tagged Austin, confusion, goof, grammar, headline, house, language, News 8, normal, OKs, pulling info, records, Texas, usage, words on April 23, 2009| Leave a Comment »