20 Items or Fewer (Yes, it’s another post about grammar!)


I'm a grammar freak.  I admit it.  I love grammar, and it was always my favorite subject in school.  In fact, in high school and after college, I voluntarily took "brush-up grammar" classes, just for fun.  My ideal "girls night out" (besides stamping) would be to go to a coffee shop and diagram sentences.  My husband and sons think I'm weird, and maybe you do, too, now.

So you can imagine how I cringe whenever I'm in a store and there's a huge sign at the check-out that says, "20 Items or Less."  AAARRRRGGGH!  I just want to shout, "It's fewer.  Fewer, Fewer, FEWER!"  Or stick a little sign with "FEWER" written on it over "Less."  There's one grocery store in the area that gets it right, and I just want to hug whoever made the sign.  I even mentioned it to the cashier one day, and she looked at me very oddly.  I think she was thinking, "Oh, that's the correct way?"  Or maybe, "Man, this is one strange old lady."

Oh, well…I sometimes laugh when people make a big deal out of forcing immigrants to learn English.  It's a good thing, and I think anyone should know the language of the country where they choose to reside, just for their own benefit.  But if fifth generation Americans don't speak correct English, how can we expect immigrants to?

So before I posted this, I had to double check to make sure I was using this term correctly:  This is a 10-minutes or less card.  ('Cause wouldn't I feel stupid if I used "less" incorrectly after my rant???)  I got the sketch for this from Kim Schmulowitz, who swapped with me at Regionals.  We CASED her swap at workshops last week, but I wanted to use my new "Birthday Bakery" set, and needed to make a quick card before a haircut today. 


Doesn't this make your mouth water a little?  It was super easy to make.  I chose the colors because I wanted it to look like a bakery.  The designer paper is from the In Color hostess pack.  The main card is Daffodil Delight and the background layer (under those yummy looking cakes) is Poppy Parade.  It took me a few minutes to warm up to Poppy Parade; I mean, it's really, really an orange-y red.  But I'm really liking it.

Here's the complete supply list:
Stamp Set:  Birthday Bakery
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, Poppy Parade classic, Stampin' Write markers:  Poppy Parade, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Peach Parfait, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Whisper White card stock; Poppy Parade dsp (In Color hostess pack)
Other:  Blender Pen, stampin' dimensionals, circle fire rhinestone brads, modern label and scallop oval punches

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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4 Responses to 20 Items or Fewer (Yes, it’s another post about grammar!)

  1. Luralyn Calitri says:

    Ohhh, Buffy, I couldn’t agree with you more!! I am a grammar lover, too, and so many mistakes made today make me cringe! When I see such mistakes in print, on TV screens, and hear improper usage come out of the mouths of news reporters, I scream at the TV screen, because the more Americans hear and see those kinds of misuses, the more they accept them as correct. Our Target store used to have the correct “15 items or fewer” up until a few years ago when they put new ones up that said “…or less.” It makes me want to go to the schools and teach grammar. I think the fact that ‘more’ is the opposite of both ‘fewer’ for counting and ‘less’ for measuring confuses folks. Of course hose doggone exceptions and complications can cause me consternation, like singular nouns that represent groups of items or people. Can’t think of that word right now! But, there are some very simple rules I want to drum into people who write for, or speak in public, like use of ‘its’ and ‘it’s’ (a pet peeve) and using the proper case for pronouns. Like you, I, too, thought diagramming sentences was fun; it helped me understand which case of pronoun to use (another one of my pet peeves:”They came to visit she and I.” Arrgh!) Do they even diagram sentences in school anymore? I don’t remember my boys doing that, and they are now in their 20s. Well enough of the rant. But, girlfriend, I feel your pain in this. How can we join hands and change the world?!?!


  2. Buffy Cooper says:

    Grammar geeks of the world, unite!!!! I think we must be soul mates. I know exactly how you feel. It’s not that hard to use correct grammar. We’ll just start in our little corners of the world, and maybe it will spread. (I can’t believe your Target changed their sign!)


  3. Yvonne Kuter says:

    I’m so happy to see this post! I thought I was the only one who yelled at the TV whenever they used ‘less’ when it should be ‘fewer’!!! I actually dressed up as an agent for the GEA (Grammar Enforcement Agency) for Halloween this year. My coworkers all said, “So, basically, you’re just yourself.” and I replied, “Except I’m wearing a suit!”. What a relief to know that good grammar lives! Don’t get me started on the proper usage of who vs. whom!


  4. Jean Fitch says:

    If I could remember how to diagram sentences I’d join you! That was always my favorite part of English classes. Then in college I tested out and never had another English class! So very sad…when writing and English are among my many loves.
    I’ve been rereading Edwin Newman’s books since his death. A wonderful proponent of proper usage was lost with his passing. Love the subtitle of his book “Strictly Speaking – Will America be the Death of English?”
    Hugs my friend and keep on keeping us on the straight and narrow!


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