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What does that even mean!? September 14, 2016

I saw these cases of Mineral Water for sale at Whole Paycheck recently. I had to take a photo because I thought it was so unusual.


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Note the ingredients… “Natural carbon dioxide”


And note that the “natural carbonation” is “added.”

What does all that even mean?


But wait!  There’s More!

When I go out walking I will often stop at Whole Paycheck to buy a tasty Cherry-Vanilla soda.  Last week I took my soda up to the register to pay and the lady scans the can.  It doesn’t register.  She then looks up some code in a small book by the register and enters some numbers from the book….

Then she looks at me with a straight face and says

”  $4.25 please  “


And I responded “I don’t think so.  How about 74 cents?  They’re 74 cents total.”

What really struck me about  the situation was 2 things:

  1.  It never entered her mind that $4.25  was a bit high and was probably incorrect.
  2. She thought a customer would actually pay $4.25 for a can of soda (especially me!).


So… is it “… was 2 things”  or is it “… were 2 things?”    Let’s consult Google for “were vs was.”   The survey says…


Was is used in the first and third person singular past. It is used for statements of fact.

Were is used in the second person singular and plural and first and third person plural.

It is used in the subjunctive mood to indicate unreal or hypothetical statements.

I’m gonna stick with “was.”


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