October 18th, 2009 by Bob Bly
My wife and I met another couple at a diner for breakfast this morning.
I had eggs and Amy ordered the short stack of French toast.
When her order arrived, it was a single piece of French toast on a plate.
Merriam-Webster Online defines a stack as “a pile” or “a large quantity or number.”
By definition “one” of anything cannot be a pile or large quantity.
I know this seems like another one of my nitpiks.
But this is what happens when Americans do not learn to use the language properly.
In this situation, what would you do?
A–Send it back and ask for a regular stack.
B–Tell the diner owner of his error.
C–Laugh it off and eat the one piece of French toast.
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