Sunday, 22 February 2004

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard

A couple of English usage questions, inspired by a copy of "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" (written by Lynne Truss) that I saw - okay, read through - at Borders the other day:

1. So, if my milk carton says the milk is "Best Before" a date, what is it afterwards? 'Cos if it just goes from being "best" to "merely ordinary", I can deal, but if it's completely sour by then, I'm not touching it. Can't they use the more imperative "Drink Before", instead of shifting all the responsibility to decide the milk's goodness onto me?

2. Why do Singaporeans say "revert" to mean "reply"?

Cynics might say I was best before I turned 21, and now I'm completely sour. Pedants of the world unite.




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