Weird Al Grammar Lesson

Submitted by: basherrr 6 years ago Funny

You"ve seen this grammatical error every day and didn"t even realize it. Another short lesson in everyday grammar.
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Male 5,413
OH MY......
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Male 1,347
.....didn`t we just have a video on why this is a drating stupid thing? I love weird al and all, but it`s asinine.
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Male 1,312
Haha, thanks Weird Al!
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Female 322
People don`t notice those signs anyway I notice non-nice individuals with hole carts going into those lines all the time.
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Male 243
Approved.
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Male 282
I`ve noticed this and several commercials lately which do this. They talk about having "less stops" to make when you use their store.
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Male 498
i really want weird Al to teach me about grammar
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Male 60
Elriuhilu,

Stephen Fry used to care. He cared when that episode of QI was filmed (Several years ago now).
But he has since changed his mind, and doesn`t mind such `incorrect` language now.
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Female 1,803
"Less is acceptable in this instance because you do not know how many they will have; hence the items are uncountable."

wrong. The items they will have ARE countable when they get there. It`s just an indeterminate number before they get there. We are talking about entities/qualities that are NEVER countable.

e.g. "The sky is going to be less cloudy today because there are fewer clouds". There will NEVER be 24 cloudy but there CAN be 24 clouds.
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Male 742
Holy Jesus,what a nerdfest.
I thought I was a grammar Nazi.
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Female 535
"Less sand, fewer grains of sand."

The curse of a teacher for a mother.
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Male 2,290
How about further and farther?

If it is farther, it has a distance. Further is a degree.

So, I pressed my skills further than before.

and

I went farther down the road.

Sucks that they are considered interchangeable now.
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Male 275
Stephen Fry claims he disapproves but then he bites people`s heads off when they make simple grammatical errors. As an example, he went off at Alan Davies for saying "none of them work" when technically it should be "none of them works" on an episode of that show QI.
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Female 494
I needed a giggle. Thank you.
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Male 441
Stephen Fry disapproves, if I recall correctly, of these pointless grammar corrections.
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Male 15,832
@HalfPintRoo "I got less water and fewer ice cubes than he did."
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Female 2,764
My ambien is kicking in faster then usual tonight so forgive me.

Fewer is used for countable numbers and Lesser is used for uncountable? I don`t understand. Could you use them in a sentence.
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Male 15,832
Actually, I DO notice it every time I see it. I just don`t say or do anything about it.
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Male 769
on another note the signs we are taught in math " > and <" really are "greater than, and fewer than"?!? some one let me math department know
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Male 769
"The issue isn`t with the sentence structure but with the word itself. "Less", in the strictly grammatical sense, is reserved for comparing "uncountable" items (with a few exceptions) while "Fewer" is used for countable. " Less is acceptable in this instance because you do not know how many they will have; hence the items are uncountable.
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Female 206
HOLY MONKEY BALLS!
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Female 317
the grocery store i work at`s sign does in fact say 10 items or fewer.
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Female 1,803
"The issue isn`t with the sentence structure but with the word itself. "Less", in the strictly grammatical sense, is reserved for comparing "uncountable" items (with a few exceptions) while "Fewer" is used for countable. "

Exactly. That`s why TBS` slogan "More movies, less commercials" is grammatically incorrect.
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Male 391
Weird Al wins.
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Female 535
I really don`t understand "Weird Al`s" appeal.
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Female 1,623
I love Weird Al!
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Female 11
I will let you buy fifteen items or fewer in this checkout lane.

I think that would be an appropriate sentence for stores everywhere, dont you think?
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Male 137
Depends on the context.
Since either way is a sentence fragment, then BOTH are incorrect, and you can add to EACH to make them correct.
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Male 4
@madest - probably something about how Americans don`t love a good old wording anymore.. ya know, right in the Wernicke`s area
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Male 1,674
@Volsunga
The issue isn`t with the sentence structure but with the word itself. "Less", in the strictly grammatical sense, is reserved for comparing "uncountable" items (with a few exceptions) while "Fewer" is used for countable.

Can I have a little *less* sugar next time?
There were *fewer* than 15 people on the train.
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Male 904
@TGPZarquon +1 nerd points
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Male 1,548
@Gerry1of1
how is it that you don`t understand that "15 or less" means "15 or less than 15" the redundancy can be dropped without any change to the grammatical structure.
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Male 290
@madest:

he did actually mention it in that video that was posted on IAB a few days ago from one of his podcasts.
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Male 166
So will the lyrics to his 80`s song "Midnight Star" now be changed to, "I was waiting in the express lane with my twelve items or fewer"?
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Male 7,378
I wonder what Stephen Fry would say about that?
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Female 1,652
Is that food lion?
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Male 965
Wow. That was awesome.
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Female 3,696
@SwayWithMe: it`s "bitch," not "biotch."

lol, it`s a direct quote my dear and a sure sign that you missed the point entirely!
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Male 2,516
LOL @simim23
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Male 493
Outstanding
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Female 1,427
@SwayWithMe: it`s "bitch," not "biotch."
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Male 2,516
Hehe, in a funnies war between wittiness from Mr. Stephen Fry and random crazy from Weird Al... I incredibly entertained by both!
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Female 3,696
It`s gotten to the point that in today`s society "15 items or less" suggesting "15 items or less than 15 items" seems perfectly acceptable. In the wise words of Alcatraaz...


It`s idiomatic, Biotch!

Also: Making a big deal and pointing this out to your cashier does not make you seem intelligent and informed. It makes you a douchebag that`s wasting my time by complaining about things that I have no power over...now did you want f`in bags or not?
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Female 168
He posted this in Twitter ages ago. Always good.
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Male 5,194
OMG! I lolled. That was perfect.
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Male 15,510
@SephirothA83

Lol, thank you for playing
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Male 1,240
@Angel: Hahaha, it`s always funny when you do that.
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Female 423
better than hotforwords
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Male 955
@Angelmassb

you should look up the definition of `typo` it might enlighten you.
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Male 1,523
Haha, cool guy.
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Male 15,510
Jsut a typo
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Male 65
"here come the grammar nazi`s"

"15 items or less" doesn`t bother me nearly as much as the people who don`t know how to use apostrophes.
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Female 9,403
XD love it!
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Male 2,553
I keep hearing snatches of Stephen Fry when watching this. On the other hand, had I had one of those magnetic corrector signs I`d probably do the same. On yet another hand (yeah, I`m a mutant), that is a highly unlikely scenario.
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Male 1,240
Damnit, beaten by Ghudston.

You win this time G, but mark my word, some day you will pay. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahaaaaa. *poof* [quote]disappears in a smoke cloud[/quote]
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Male 1,240
The recent Stephen Fry video/podcast posted brought this up. Of course, it was to point out that no one would mistake this for anything else, and it was a part of a rant against Grammar Nazis (or pedants,
as he called them).
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Male 37,914
It`s "15 or Fewer" or "Less than 16"

got it?

now forget it and just go through with 16 items
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Male 182
http://vimeo.com/15412319

Trumped by a Mr. Stephen Fry. ;)
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Female 470
What`s the difference? I admit that I am an English major, and I don`t see the problem with "15 items or less".
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Male 50
wait wait item is not a noncount noun therefore less is incorrect | learn something everyday ^_^
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Male 1,744
When has Mr. Yankovic ever failed to teach us something important? Never.
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Male 1,548
It`s a fragment, not a sentence. Grammar doesn`t apply if the point is expressed. It`s not like "15 items or less" could mean anything other than "15 items or fewer".
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Male 4,290
Magnetic grammar correction signs?? WANT.
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Male 50
I fail to see how that is grammatically incorrect...
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Male 151
here come the grammar nazi`s
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Male 749
I do notice this and it really irritates me. :|
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Female 527
I lol`ed!
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Male 25,416
Ha ha ha, never disappoint wierd al!
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Male 242
Weird Al, I love you.
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Male 242
Link: Weird Al Grammar Lesson [Rate Link] - You`ve seen this grammatical error every day and didn`t even realize it. Another short lesson in everyday grammar.
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