I was all excited when I got a newsletter thing from Amazon that said:

BIG BOOT SALE!

Cause I have big feet and need big boots and it’s so rare that big boots are on sale.

You’ve probably figured out the error in my thinking. They meant that the boot sale was big, not that it was a sale for big boots. That reminded me that the English language really needs to become more mathematical. In math, you can group things together easily so that you know what’s referring to what. So for instance, you could make it:

(BIG BOOT) SALE!

or

BIG (BOOT SALE)!

This is actually one case where Pointless Quotation Marks, which usually drive me nuts, could be helpful. That way it could be:

“BIG BOOT” SALE!

or

BIG “BOOT SALE”!

That way I won’t get my hopes up about getting a good deal on something to take care of my large feet.


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2 Responses to Big Boot Sale!

  1. kevin says:

    Some languages actually break down the pronoun “we” into the following categories:

    We = Me (speaker) + you (listener)

    We = Me (Speaker) + you (listener) + others not present

    We = Me + others not present, but not you

    I always thought this made sense.

  2. Becky says:

    Hehe. I think it’s just about perspective. Not having large feet, I immediately read “big sale for boots.”

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