U.S. TV ad: Twenty-nine a month
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 10:59 PM Last Post By: Kerouac2
Oct 15, 2012 6:33 AM
U.S. TV ad: Twenty-nine a monthSo far, I've heard it only on AT&T commercials for the company's U-Verse television service: There's an announcer's voice telling you what you'll receive as a subscriber, "for only twenty-nine a month." You see $29 on the screen at the same time, so it's clear that the number is a dollar amount, but it annoys me not to hear "twenty-nine dollars." Granted, we wouldn't include the word "dollars" for $29.50 or $29.99, just "twenty-nine fifty" or "twenty-nine ninety-nine," but until now I hadn't heard even dollar amounts referred to without the word "dollars." AT&T has another, more expensive package for $79 a month that they tell you costs "only seventy-nine a month."
Am I just a nit-picker? Is this progress of some sort?
Oct 15, 2012 11:02 AM
Oct 15, 2012 12:18 PM
2There's a home alarm company here that has a jingle that they will monitor your alarm for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for $9.99. Their motto (and their phone number) is 24/7 4 9 99.
I once had one of those confusing conversations with someone about elevation. I mentioned that a city was 75. We then went around with him says "that's really high" and me saying "not really; and that's only the highest points." We finally figured out that I meant literally 75 feet and he was using 75 as shorthand for 7500.
Oct 15, 2012 8:26 PM
Oct 16, 2012 4:17 AM
4Leaving off the "dollars" is pretty normal for big numbers. Or maybe it's a matter of context. But people will certainly say that someone is asking six hundred thousand for their house but is unlikely to get more than four hundred thousand, and no one will ask "six hundred thousand what?"
Maybe with smaller numbers (under 100) there would have been some ambiguity between dollars and cents in the past, and "29 a month" therefore still sounds unusual. But now that keyboards don't bother with a cent sign anymore, maybe the oddness of leaving out dollars will also disappear.
The "US English" iPad keyboard offers me €, £, and ¥ but not ¢. Which is fair enough. I've used € and £ but I don't think I've needed a ¢ until now.
Oct 16, 2012 7:24 AM
5Seven iPad keyboard tricks
Oct 16, 2012 7:55 AM
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Oct 16, 2012 11:05 AM
9Smart quotes are the curly ones. They have to be ‟smart” to know which way to curl.
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Oct 16, 2012 11:07 AM
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