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April 9, 2009

I saw this in a shop window…

What does it even mean? Up to and under? Sometimes I get the feeling that these things are written by people who chewed on books in school, instead of reading them.

Which reminds me, here’s a good site for common English language confusions, including fewer and less, practice and practise, and so on; go on, see what you can learn today.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2009 8:48 pm

    Is that Primark?

  2. April 10, 2009 9:00 am

    Alas no, t’was just some women’s clothes shop up at Cribbs Causeway, opposite currys.digital (as evidenced by the reflection in the window). Perhaps some fellow Bristolian will be able to identify which particular shop it was? I assume that there’s somethng in the window that takes your fancy…

  3. April 13, 2009 6:46 pm

    I’ve chewed many a book in my time but even I cringe at that sign.

    Also, whenever I see a sign in a shop that announces something like “SALE – Up to 20% off”, I just read it as “SALE – Never more than 20% off” which probably isn’t what they intended.

  4. April 13, 2009 6:48 pm

    I forgot to mention that the picture is missing now but I saw it the other day…

  5. April 13, 2009 7:55 pm

    Yeah, I don’t know what’s going on. Clearly my plan to host blog pictures on Picasa wasn’t as fool-proof as I first imagined.

  6. May 22, 2009 2:29 pm

    Here’s another list of common English errors, with my particular favourite being militate vs mitigate.

  7. January 7, 2010 4:33 pm

    I’m expecting a call back from specsavers “within 24 to 48 hours”.

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