Sainsburys' horrible grammatical error

(45 Posts)
GreatBallsofFluff Fri 08-Feb-13 18:51:32

I have never posted in Pedants' Corner (and I am shitting myself that my post will contain many errors and I will be jumped on) but could not believe that this sign was on every till in my local Sainsburys:
"Your helping the environment".
It was a label about using re-useable bags. I mentioned it in a jokey way to the checkout assistant and she looked at me like I was crazy. I would not have been able to leave the shop without saying anything at all. I just can't believe that with the amount of people who work there, no one would have pointed it out confused

33goingon64 Fri 08-Feb-13 19:40:14

That is terrible. Possibly not as bad as referring to an 'amount' of people as opposed to the, correct, 'number' of people, but you can't win them all.

Is it part of a 'your Sainsbury's' type campaign?
If not, unforgivable.

Yes that is pretty bad


timidviper Fri 08-Feb-13 19:49:50

I hope that was ironic otherwise we'll have to send in the spelling ones too! grin

GreatBallsofFluff Fri 08-Feb-13 19:50:21

I knew there would be something 33 wink

I don't think it is part of the "your Sainsbury's' campaign as this sign was just advertising the bags for life. There was nothing else where 'your' was included and the sentence I was referring to is part of 3 bullet points telling people why they should be using the bags.

NulliusInBlurba Fri 08-Feb-13 19:54:53

You could just about get away with something like:
'we appreciate your helping the environment'

If that is not meant, then the responsible party needs to be taken outside and lined up against the grammar police wall of execution and made an example of. It's simply NOT acceptable.

But the company is called Sainsbury's, I believe. Not Sainsburys'.

PS, I wouldn't point that out on any other topic.

Timid, you missed the thread then? Op had been picked up on her spelling (which I don't agree with) and then someone leapt in and stuck up for her with the brilliant WHO ARE YOU THE GRAMMER POLICE?

edam Fri 08-Feb-13 20:32:53

Oh dear. Waitrose wouldn't make a mistake like that!

timidviper Sat 09-Feb-13 00:33:56

Thanks SPB, I did miss that one! Thought it seemed a bit odd grin I must look more at the pedants' threads and less at just the active ones

I scored a minor victory some years back by getting Boots to replace some of the signage due to an errant apostrophe.

JessieMcJessie Sat 09-Feb-13 02:33:11

33, nit picking about the OP's use of "amount" was cruel and totally uncalled for, especially when she said that she was anxious about being picked up on mistakes in her post. There is no comparison between the supermarket's glaring and shameful error and the subtle point about which you criticised her. Stop giving pedants a bad name.

OP, "your helping the environment" is shocking and good on you for raising it. I'd email the head office if all you got was a blank stare from the staff in the store. If things like that are allowed to stay then these hideous mistakes will just be perpetuated.

catladycourtney1 Sat 09-Feb-13 02:46:52

Ooh I'm glad I didn't see that, I would have been all aflutter. I never say anything, just chunter under my breath or point things out loudly to DP, who thinks I'm insane.

You should write a letter, OP. They might write back to tell you they're going to change it because of your letter, and from then on you can feel a lovely warm glow of pride every time you see the new, correct signs when you go shopping smile

catladycourtney1 Sat 09-Feb-13 02:48:13

Or, you know, an email, like Jessie said. I sometimes forget what year we're in.

MmeLindor Sat 09-Feb-13 02:52:21

'the amount of people' is commonly used in East Scotland.

Yes, OP - send Sainsbury's an email and ask them to change it.

GreatBallsofFluff Sat 09-Feb-13 09:41:23

Jessie thank you for standing up for me, but that is what this topic is all about. I made a choice between posting this thread and being ripped to threads regarding my own grammar and spelling or not posting at all. I chose the former so I should be prepared for whatever comes with it. I do appreciate your post though; thank you smile

Your helping the environment could possibly be OK
eg "Your helping the environment is appreciated"
Clumsy but acceptable I think
But "your helping the environment" on its own has to be wrong

I'm still amused by Tesco toilet rolls, which bear the slogan "same luxury less lorries"
Either they mean "same luxury, fewer lorries", or the more likely "same 'luxury-less' lorries" as I doubt the lorries are luxurioussmile.

grin I had noticed that actually on the toilet rolls but hadn't thought of the alternative meaning
I know less and fewer are often mixed up and I do understand why, but surely "less lorries" just sounds wrong anyway, doesn't it?

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Sat 09-Feb-13 10:15:18

I agree with Jessie.

In fact, I'd much rather had a section to discuss language rather than nitpick about pedantry. If the historians can get their own section and all that...

LeeCoakley Sat 09-Feb-13 10:31:59

I hate Boots. It was founded by Jessie Boot so it should be Boot's. Annoys me. A. Lot.

Op - companies want to hear from you if they have made an error. They come up with lovely excuses why it happened and thank you profusely for pointing it out. grin

Well Sainsbury's is now just Sainsburys (just the name of the shop, like "Asda") so maybe Boots did the same

GreatBallsofFluff Sat 09-Feb-13 10:39:47

I will be stopping in there today (I am a shop as needed person rather than weekly as it is on my doorstep) so if the signs are still there then I shall compose an email to the store. If anyone has any suggestions as to what to say then they would be most welcome.

Just for certainty, that sentence was on its own, as its own sentence on a bullet point.

Deer Mister Sainsberry
You're speeling is awfful
Luv GreatBalls

LeeCoakley Sat 09-Feb-13 10:42:21

When did that happen? It's still Sainsbury's on the website.

Really?? Maybe I completely made it up then. I'm sure I remember reading about it on here.

Feenie Sat 09-Feb-13 10:55:20

In the new Biddulph store in Staffs, they have metre high letters on the wall spelling CHILDRENS' in the clothes section.

I was shocked - and took a photo for our classroom apostrophe howlers display, which is always rammed. grin

nickelbabe Sat 09-Feb-13 10:59:09

it's not as bad as the "<insert number of> tones of strawberries" that was on their poster not only a whole summer, but the next summer too!

and i pointed it out to a manager at the beginning of the first summer

nickelbabe Sat 09-Feb-13 11:00:03

it's still sainsbury's

mainly because the shop is J Sainbury on the sign.
it's us that calls it Sainsbury's.

tubsywubsy Sat 09-Feb-13 11:06:28

Actually, edam, our branch of Waitrose put up a sign a while ago directing customers to the "Stationary" section. I think that quite a number of customers quickly put them right!

I wonder what I have read then...

TricksyLaBOOshh Sat 09-Feb-13 11:15:38

I could well be wrong here, but when I was in Sainsbos this week they were running a 3 for 2 in the fruit and veg aisle. I'm sure that all the varieties included in this deal had stickers with the word 'stickerd' emblazoned on them.
Was I dreaming? Is this a real word?

LeeCoakley Sat 09-Feb-13 11:22:36

Tubsy, 'Stationary' was right, it's a new John Lewis innovation. It's a designated area where you stand motionless trying to remember what you came in for. It's saves you coming to a halt in the aisles and causing a trolley pile-up.

grin that's brilliant
Do they also direct the people who have bumped into their neighbours and want to have an in depth conversation, holding their trolleys diagonally across the aisle?

33goingon64 Sat 09-Feb-13 19:48:10

Jessie, I was making a joke - I thought that was obvious but apologies if I caused offence, OP. Just playing up to your wonderful self-deprecating attitude which not enough people on MN have.

GreatBallsofFluff Sat 09-Feb-13 19:55:19

No offence taken at all 33. It's always difficult to understand a person's meaning through the written word smile

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Sun 10-Feb-13 12:20:23

Sadly, it's very hard to convey a joking tone on MN. And also sadly, there are many posters who are very quick to point out inaccuracies in an OP. If in doubt, i use the the wink emoticon, otherwise people are inclined to think I'm being unneedlessly bitchy.

HTH wink

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 12:54:57

I think it's fair game if you're on pedants' corner and your op says that you're worried about how well you typed ;)

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 12:55:17

oh sod.
I meant wink

We could give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they are using the gerund form with a possessive adjective, but I suspect it's just a mistake smile

<dreams of a world where supermarkets use gerunds and semicolons in their marketing>

GrimmaTheNome Sun 10-Feb-13 19:48:14

The only problem with writing and complaining about this sign is that if they then feel obliged to replace all those signs, that won't be helping the environment

Orianne Sun 24-Mar-13 12:17:38

Mme Lindor - Thank you. I thought I was going mad as that sounded perfectly okay to me but its to do with my 'birth place' not my stupidity. blush

NinaNannar Sun 24-Mar-13 12:18:39

lol at grammer police.
its like LTB

clam Sun 24-Mar-13 12:59:10

Serves me right for reading the DM online this morning but I noticed in the sad article on Bernie Nolan reference to "heart-rendering."

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