Mighty Red Pen

February 11, 2007

Big fresh grammar

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Overseen — mighty red pen @ 4:27 pm

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MRP can almost visualize the moment, the grammar crisis that must have ensued over “What is the plural of stirfry? Is it stirfrys? Stirfries? Quick!”

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Of course, they went with “stirfry’s,” the absolute wrongest choice. It should have been “stirfries.”

Special thanks to Mister MRP for the Starsky and Hutch-like heroics that were involved in helping me get this photo while driving by. Okay, while idling at the red light.

5 Comments »

  1. They should have dropped the “s” all together.

    Comment by The Mole — February 12, 2007 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

  2. I thought of that, too, but then it wouldn’t have been consistent with “fresh salads” and “wraps,” and I couldn’t figure out if “falafel” is singular or plural.

    Comment by mightyredpen — February 13, 2007 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t think consistency is the problem, they could have also dropped the fresh before salads it’s rather redundant with the name of the establishment being “Big Fresh” and all.

    Comment by The Mole — February 13, 2007 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  4. Bahahaha! You’re so right.

    Comment by mightyredpen — February 14, 2007 @ 10:16 am | Reply

  5. Falafel is a mass-noun (also called uncounted noun). It refers, unless you specify otherwise, to all the falafel in the universe.

    Other mass-nouns are:

    Water
    Fish
    Chicken
    Beef
    Oil

    Comment by David — February 15, 2007 @ 4:47 pm | Reply


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