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    Posted: 17 Apr 2015 at 6:00pm
I get so tired of radio ads such as those that Kohls has been running. "It's here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season". "It's" is singular, while "prices" is plural. Then, their tag line is, "Find Your Yes". I reckon this is our new way of talking, but as an old school guy who had correct grammar taught to me, I pity today's English teachers. I reckon I should "find my chill, and accept the craps that is being related this days".
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Welcome!  You should fit right in here at CIH.  There are plenty of like-minded people, including me.  Smile
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Originally posted by Gamecock Gamecock wrote:

I get so tired of radio ads such as those that Kohls has been running. "It's here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season". "It's" is singular, while "prices" is plural. Then, their tag line is, "Find Your Yes". I reckon this is our new way of talking, but as an old school guy who had correct grammar taught to me, I pity today's English teachers. I reckon I should "find my chill, and accept the craps that is being related this days".


It should be either "They're here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season", or "It's here, Kohl's 'lowest prices of the season' event".



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BTW Gc, if you're a grammar bug like many of us here, this should just drive you up the wall....

http://www.commercialsihate.com/local-craigslist-ad-can-you-meet-are-standers_topic16126.html

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I'm a stickler for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., but more for myself than for others.  I see some horrible writing here at CIH, but all I ask is that people's posts be coherent.  It drives me up a wall to have to read people's posts multiple times just to figure out what they're trying to say.  Sometimes, I just give up and move on to the next comment.

But when ads or even news articles screw all that stuff up, it's no wonder the lay person feels free to write whatever and however.


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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:


I'm a stickler for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., but more for myself than for others.  I see some horrible writing here at CIH, but all I ask is that people's posts be coherent.  It drives me up a wall to have to read people's posts multiple times just to figure out what they're trying to say.  Sometimes, I just give up and move on to the next comment.

But when ads or even news articles screw all that stuff up, it's no wonder the lay person feels free to write whatever and however.


I think some of those posters have mental problems, not grammar problems.  Wink
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^ But we can still joke around here and talk about sammiches, can't we?  LOL
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Just be glad we don't see all the millennial rap/hipster text speak here. Angry
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That could be, peachblossom.  

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Originally posted by Gamecock Gamecock wrote:

I get so tired of radio ads such as those that Kohls has been running. "It's here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season". "It's" is singular, while "prices" is plural.

They could have easily circumvented this problem by saying, It's here the lowest pricing of the year.



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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Originally posted by Gamecock Gamecock wrote:

I get so tired of radio ads such as those that Kohls has been running. "It's here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season". "It's" is singular, while "prices" is plural. Then, their tag line is, "Find Your Yes". I reckon this is our new way of talking, but as an old school guy who had correct grammar taught to me, I pity today's English teachers. I reckon I should "find my chill, and accept the craps that is being related this days".


It should be either "They're here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season", or "It's here, Kohl's 'lowest prices of the season' event".

ConfusedWinkSomething inside told me I should read everything before posting an echo.
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^LOLCute and creative, PapaL! Iiiiiiii like it.
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Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Originally posted by Gamecock Gamecock wrote:

I get so tired of radio ads such as those that Kohls has been running. "It's here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season". "It's" is singular, while "prices" is plural. Then, their tag line is, "Find Your Yes". I reckon this is our new way of talking, but as an old school guy who had correct grammar taught to me, I pity today's English teachers. I reckon I should "find my chill, and accept the craps that is being related this days".


It should be either "They're here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season", or "It's here, Kohl's 'lowest prices of the season' event".

ConfusedWinkSomething inside told me I should read everything before posting an echo.

Not an echo. My idea was better. It added far less wording than yours did.

Besides is taking a few pennies off of a price of something you would really consider an Event?






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Originally posted by peachblossom666 peachblossom666 wrote:

Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:


I'm a stickler for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., but more for myself than for others.  I see some horrible writing here at CIH, but all I ask is that people's posts be coherent.  It drives me up a wall to have to read people's posts multiple times just to figure out what they're trying to say.  Sometimes, I just give up and move on to the next comment.

But when ads or even news articles screw all that stuff up, it's no wonder the lay person feels free to write whatever and however.


I think some of those posters have mental problems, not grammar problems.  Wink
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:


I'm a stickler for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., but more for myself than for others.  I see some horrible writing here at CIH, but all I ask is that people's posts be coherent.  It drives me up a wall to have to read people's posts multiple times just to figure out what they're trying to say.  Sometimes, I just give up and move on to the next comment.

But when ads or even news articles screw all that stuff up, it's no wonder the lay person feels free to write whatever and however.


My pet peeve is when people don't bother with spelling, punctuation, or spacing, resulting in a sold 50,000 word block of barely coherent, 'stream of semi-consciousness' writing. People who (most likely) never heard of James Joyce have certainly adopted his 'technique'.
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Originally posted by i8acannibal i8acannibal wrote:

Just be glad we don't see all the millennial rap/hipster text speak here. Angry
I'm tired of the word 'milennial' used as a noun. It usually applies to young adults or 17/18 year olds, who were born in the mid-to-late-1990s, technically before the turn of the millennium. Besides that, it just makes them sound like douches.
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Originally posted by musicman musicman wrote:

Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Originally posted by Gamecock Gamecock wrote:

I get so tired of radio ads such as those that Kohls has been running. "It's here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season". "It's" is singular, while "prices" is plural. Then, their tag line is, "Find Your Yes". I reckon this is our new way of talking, but as an old school guy who had correct grammar taught to me, I pity today's English teachers. I reckon I should "find my chill, and accept the craps that is being related this days".


It should be either "They're here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season", or "It's here, Kohl's 'lowest prices of the season' event".


ConfusedWinkSomething inside told me I should read everything before posting an echo.


Not an echo. My idea was better. It added far less wording than yours did.


Noop. Sorry. Gotta disagree.

Where your version excels in economical word usage, it lacks in verve & pizazz.

IOW, it is dull.

Remember, this is advertising we're talking about, not a corporate board meeting or a PSA or a college lecture & as such, that level of brevity is neither preferable nor desirable. Seems to me, the goal here is to generate interest by conveying enthusiasm, not droning some dry recital of factual data. I think my version accomplished that goal while addressing the legitimate issue raised in the OP regarding the mixing of singular & plural references.

Quote Besides is taking a few pennies off of a price of something you would really consider an Event?


"A few pennies"????

It's being billed as their LOWEST PRICES OF THE SEASON!!!

If I was a sales & marketing executive for a major dept store like Kohl's, then YES!!!! I certainly would consider it an "event" & I would do everything I could to hype it as one in order to get as many customers in my stores spending as much as I could get them to spend.

That is, after all what they are in business for.

Ergo, I think my version was better!!!!

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Originally posted by Gamecock Gamecock wrote:

I get so tired of radio ads such as those that Kohls has been running. "It's here, Kohl's lowest prices of the season". "It's" is singular, while "prices" is plural. Then, their tag line is, "Find Your Yes". I reckon this is our new way of talking, but as an old school guy who had correct grammar taught to me, I pity today's English teachers. I reckon I should "find my chill, and accept the craps that is being related this days".

I don't think they can teach English in public schools. It would be considered "racist".
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