I apologize in advance for being a grammar snob
I really try not to be a grammar snob. The different spellings of there/their/they’re and your/you’re are a bugaboo. I get it. English is an oddity, no doubt about it. Sometimes, though, I just can’t stop myself. I blurt out “fewer!” when someone says “less” incorrectly. I say, “are you sure you want to spell it that way?” when I see a glaring typo.
I see mistakes in advertisements all the time, including this one from Jewel. So here’s the rule about “fewer” and “less.”
Use “fewer” with a countable noun as in:
fewer cat hairs on my pants
fewer items (not less)
Use “less” when the items are noncountable:
less coffee (but fewer cups of coffee)
So, Jewel, as much as I love your Monopoly game and many choices of canned tomatoes, I’m afraid to say that I must be a grammar snob and tell you the sign should read “fewer” items, not “less.” Here is Grammar Girl’s summary–a good one.
I had a little bit of time before leaving for my writing workshop this week, so I decided to whip together this easy dish. The longest part of this dish prep was chopping the veggies; after that it was easy. What a great way to get some more healthy veggies in our diet!
Here are the veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, pepper, mushrooms, and celery, combined with an easy marinade:
…that begins with sugar (I used half Splenda), ground mustard, salt, pepper, oil, and vinegar.
Aside: I always have wondered when recipes call for “vinegar” but don’t specify which type, what should I use? I assume it’s either white or apple cider vinegar. Is that a correct assumption?
Anyhow, I used apple cider vinegar in this recipe and it came out nicely.
Here are the veggies all marinaded up.
…which I served with the baked spaghetti. Great meal!
This recipe (p. 29) came from Naomi P. who was a long-time teacher at a local middle school. Her specialty was social studies. She’s also been a Sunday school teacher at our church for almost 50 years. No, that was most certainly NOT a typo. 50! What a gem! Thank you for this contribution, Naomi, and for all of your years of service to the kids of our church.