Fwd: by the each

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 4 02:28:35 UTC 2014

Yes, indeedeedoo, thanky you. If I weren't paranoid, I'd swear it was

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From: Jeff Prucher <jprucher at yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: by the each
To: W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com>

Was this meant to go to the list?

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* From: * W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com>;
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* Subject: * Re: by the each
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  WB: Conclusion: mechanical pidginization: a machine applies Occam's Razor
to English groceries. The simplified result is intelligible to customers,
is quaintly cute in a Chinese-pidgin-sort-of-way & attracts attention, so
is let to stand by grocers.

Addendum: initial reaction to <<banana by the each .24>> was also that
<banana> singular struck me as un-English; I expect <bananas .24 each>,
reinforcing a pidginy feel to it. (Attention AZ: name ain't Bill or Willy;
it's Warren.{:^o})

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