The two shelving units that tower behind my back don’t just hold the internet’s most fucked up critters, but I also have a small collection of product containers that have achieved a certain vintage. One such classic is an old, empty can of Pringles that probably dates back to the early 90’s (It has a crude nutrition facts table on the back, and I’m sure that wasn’t required until about that time). Anyway, earlier in the week, I just happened to catch sight of the can and noticed something about it that had eluded my keen eye all this time…. and which made me cringe!
While I make many
misteaks mistakes myself when writing, the one very common grammatical error that stabs me like an ice pick through the brain every time I see it is the use of apostrophe-S in words that are meant to be plurals and not possessives. The chips….. er, crisps (Pringles can not legally be called potato chips in the US) are “Pringles,” they do not belong to some guy named Pringle, who may or may not have a porn ‘stache and a bowtie. I confirmed this by getting my current can of Pringles and noting that yes, there is no apostrophe anymore (Also, as you can see, packaging magically “shrinks” over the years while the price only goes up, something I notice all the time as a retail stocker).
Well, it turns out, the crisps may have actually started off as “Pringle’s” in that the name was inspired in such a way that they could be inferred as being possessive of someone named Pringle. Who knew? And now, of course, Pringle himself has been written out of the script because his name has become the common name of the crisps, so they are no longer his, and do not necessitate an apostrophe.
Alright, here’s my as-brief-as-possible rendition of Melanie and Roger’s HP and non-HP Share Your World questions for this week…
What happened to cause you to discover ‘bullies” were real?
My parents started listening to oldies music in the late 80’s, which gave me my 60’s music education…
Eavesdropping- When given the chance, how often do you eavesdrop?
Of course I do! Cats aren’t the only curious creatures, and most humans enjoy straying into MYOB territory…
Escalators, at one time, were the ‘next big thing’. When was the last time you rode an escalator?
March 11th when I was at the casino.
Have you ever ‘let’ someone win in a sports competition or a board game? How did it turn out?
No! I don’t play games to let other people win, that’s not the point of a game. I’d send an entire kindergarten full of five year olds crying to their mommies after kicking their ass at Candy Land…
Do our fears start with our DNA?
Every species has innate fears. It’s a survival instinct that we turn to even when the more rational part of our minds try to tell us we’re full of shit. It’s so easy to manipulate people into fears we don’t even realize we have. Hell, sweeps month local news stories exist on this basic principle…
If you could have your hair any colo
ur for 24 hours, what colo ur would you choose?
Probably something based on one of my Shelf critters. Hmmmm….
When do you think a person gets old?
I don’t know….. it Depends®.
I am grateful for all of the visible scratches I have on the left side of my neck and arm, from a cat who’s still learning how to sleep with a human who doesn’t want to be woken up every couple hours. Not that being scratched out of a dead sleep is fun….. but it means Ody’s doing pretty well.