Monday, May 3, 2010
A New Round O' Cheap Thrills
Under $10 somethin somethins to take the sting out of a Monday...
• This Forever XXI striped cami is a mere $4.50 and will look cute beneath all the open, loose cardigans that are everywhere.
• Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits ($3.99). Never mind that the name is really close to "naughty bits," this stuff is the best. Almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, toffee and pistachios make up the crunchy base. Slather the nuts in deep, dark chocolate with the barest sprinkling of fleur de sel, and you've got the full package — crunchy, sweet, creamy chocolate and a subtly salty finish. You could also argue it's health food, what with all the antioxidants and stuff.
• "I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar" ($9.99). By Sharon Eliza Nichols, this collection of "linguistic failures" tracks grammar screw-ups on signs, letters and other places where bad grammar causes unintended meanings. It's funny because it's true. I have an e-mail from one of my kid's former first-grade teachers that I've sent around to many people because she had such a poor handle on the English language. Honestly, my then-first grader was a much better writer.
My real bugaboo, though, and the one that sets my teeth on edge is the improper use of "who" — and everyone does it. Example: "Martha? Oh, yeah, I remember her. She's the lady THAT owned the Gas 'n Sip." No, no, no. When you're referring to a person, you always use "who" not "that." When I'm in the Miss America pageant, that's going to be my platform, eliminating the universal use of "that."