Thursday, October 22, 2009

Accept our sacrifice, oh mighty NPR

I love how "offering" has replaced "for sale" in NPR publicity spots:
  • "Hewlett-Packard, now offering HP multipacks." 'Offering'? What, are they putting them on an altar?
  • "Such-and-such, now offering a Such-and-Such engine filter." What, only one?
  • "Home Depot, offering sanders and jigsaws at the Home Depot." Where else are they gonna offer them? At Lowe's?
  • "McDonald's, offering breakfast items at McDonald's." This one's my absolute favorite. Breakfast items! "Yes, I'd like two Breakfast Items and a Coke, please." I'd really love to do this at an airport McDonald's. "Yes, I'll have three Breakfast Items for here, and by the way, is there somewhere I could place my Foreign Object?"