28 August 2007

With Pretzels, let the Gold lie

Of late, I've been snacking quite regularly on mini-pretzels. Finding myself at the bottom of a bag of Snyder's of Hanover, and thus in the market for more minis, I made my way to the local Safeway. Now I have been relatively pleased with Snyder's of Hanover pretzels but it had been some time since I last patronized Rold Gold's, and I remember them being the very best.

With their distinctive yellow, blue, and clear bags, you'd think I would have quickly secured my Rold Gold's and been on my way. Not so! I must have overlooked them thrice before finding them in a foreign bag of all blue (like common potato chips!). It was only my disbelief that such a popular brand would not be stocked at the Safeway that I engaged in said second and third glances.

Well then you can imagine my disappointment when I popped the bag only to find the pretzels much too salty. It is back to Hanover for me!


Chris said...

I have a musing too, and I will steal your board space to make my own little personal blog entry.

Dangling prepositions are so common and sound so right that they should just be accepted as proper. In an email, I just wrote the sentence "I’ll put another file up unless you don’t need/want me to." I could add "do so" to the end of that sentence, but that feels redundant and sounds too proper for the casual tone I wanted in the email. Can't dangling prepositions be accepted as common so we can all stop facing this conundrum when writing?

Chris said...

I should add that after a few minutes of debate I sent the email with the grammatical error included. It just sounded better!

Jeff Shepley said...

I agree. In fact, I think ending sentences with prepositions is becoming a largely accepted practice. It is only old school grammarians and English major snobs that are still sticklers for this "rule." As Winston Churchill so eloquently put it "Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."