Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 11:38:12 -0500
From: Dennis Baron
Subject: Re: Grammar -- It's Not Just For the Classroom!

Only at Random House, I suppose. And also only in an academic community: some
years ago a grammar-minded soul apparently climbed up on the belt of the
express lane at the checkout of a campus grocery store when no one was looking,
x-ed out the "less" in "10 items or less" and with a marker scrawled in
"fewer." The manager chose to leave the emendation. The store is now closed,
a victim of less/fewer sales.


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