Whole Foods, Really?

Although I know that the grammatical rule that no prepositions should end sentences is being relaxed (or, sadly, just plain mocked), I still find the use of “at” at the end of sentences or questions like nails on a chalkboard.

Consequently, when I saw this flyer at Whole Foods last night, my heart sank. I guess we’re not even going to feign attention to grammar anymore. Wouldn’t it have been just as easy and more elegant for the question to read, “At which store do you shop?” or “Which Whole Foods store do you most frequently visit?” These alternatives solicit the same information without piercing the eardrums of grammarphiles.

Grammar Girl on Ending with Prepositions
Red Pen Inc Blog

Fear Tactics

Did you listen to Mitt Romney’s speech in which he withdrew from the Presidential race? (His supporters moaned “No, no…” much like the Emperor did when battling Mace Windu in Return of the Sith.) He explained that his surprising exit was made on behalf of the country. Bowing down would allow the Republicans to coalesce around a single candidate (the now-presumptive nominee John McCain). Such unity is important, in his opinion, so the terrorists don’t win. Now, Romney is repeating this unfounded and incendiary claim in his stump speeches. Democrats in the White House = The Terrorists Win. To me, this represents the cheapest kind of fear tactics. Not only am I horrified and angry that Romney engages in such irresponsible politicking, I am dismayed that American voters may fall for it.

New York Times Article

Jarvik Out

Since 2006, Dr. Robert Jarvik, identified as an inventor of the artificial heart, has been the spokesperson for Pfizer’s Lipitor cholesterol drug. Today, Pfizer announced Jarvik would no longer be the face of the advertising campaign. The New York Times reports a number of issues raised by a Congressional committee focused on direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising:

  1. Though Jarvik is a doctor, he is not licensed to practice medicine, and some viewers of the commercials may mistake his pitch as medical advice.
  2. Claims that Jarvik invented the artificial heart have been disputed, and currently, Jarvik’s company advocates a timeline other researchers challenge.
  3. The ads falsely represent Jarivk, e.g., show him as a rower when in fact he doesn’t engage in the sport.

I personally am glad he’ll no longer be omnipresent on the telly because I find him slimy and disgusting.

New York Times Article