Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Better and Eggs?

Here's a label from a carton of egg substitute I bought just recently. I hadn't gotten this brand before, and I thought I'd give it a try.

Once I got it home, I took a closer look at the brand name. Doesn't the 'n usually stand as a substitute for the word "and," such as "this 'n that," "peaches 'n cream," and "Mutt 'n Jeff"? But here, it takes the place of "than." This isn't common practice, at least as far as I know. So if someone is reading this label according to standard grammatical assumptions (even those distorted by the world of marketing), this would be "Better and Eggs."

Maybe I just think too much about these things.


JohnnyB said...

'n' is the contraction of "and".
'n at the end of a word is a contraction of "than"

very funny site!


Isn't anyone else bothered by the fact that this is egg substitute that is "made with real eggs" ?

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