Monday, June 06, 2005

A grammatical what's-the-word?

Just a quick note - I've caught myself saying "Tescos'" a lot recently, which is fine in itself as I spend quite bit of time there standing around in the aisles trying to figure out what the hell I went in there for and why my basket is full of tuna when I hate the stuff. But, back to my point, "TESCO" doesn't have an 'S' anywhere in it - adding an 'S' to any word unnecessarily is a nasty habit born in the valleys of South Wales - I think I've picked it up from being in Swansea.

Shirley though I would have said it when I lived in Cardiff? No. I wonder why this is? Do YOU put an 'S' at the end of Tesco? If you answer that question, please state where you live and whether or not you've had exposure to valleys folk - ta.


And I'm sure as shit they don't sell this stuff

10 Comments:

At 4:53 pm, Blogger Chris Cope thought it was best to say...

People said "Tescos" when I lived in Portsmouth. When I pointed out that there was no "S" they pointed out that I am American and needed to shut up.

 
At 4:56 pm, Blogger Curly thought it was best to say...

It's a perfectly valid observation I think! I may well have to investigate this further...

 
At 9:48 pm, Blogger Art thought it was best to say...

"TESCO" doesn't have an 'S' anywhere in it..."

Am I just stupid or something (dont answer!) Of course Tesco has an S in it.. t e S c o

But that aside, I always say I'm going to Tescos. And I always say 'Marks and Spencers' even though that doesnt have an S? And I'm from snobby Sully, but I blame it on nearby Barry innit!

 
At 9:50 pm, Blogger Art thought it was best to say...

The other thing, if Bob says Im in Uni... do you say:
Where to? OR Where? I say Where to, but stupid English people always tell me off. D'oh!

 
At 3:29 am, Blogger Huw thought it was best to say...

Cmon, it's most definitely Tescos, as it is Safeways. But not Asdas, that would be silly.

I'm from Aberdare meets Anglesey stock, but I'm pretty sure most people in Hampshire, where I was raised, would pluralise it too...

 
At 9:28 am, Blogger Owzyo! thought it was best to say...

it's an abbrev for Tesco's store shirley!? What you saying is Tesco's not tescos?

 
At 9:37 am, Blogger Curly thought it was best to say...

ARV - you're right, there is an 'S' in Tesco, I hadn't noticed that one. That made me look a bit silly didn't it?

But - it seems to be a common theme across the country. Is there a Mr.Tesco? Is it his store? Other stores such as Woolworths already have the S on the end, surely this is what Tesco would have done if he had intended?

Huw - Good observation, I've never said that "I'm going to Asdas". Check out the Hampshire folk for me - I lived there for a little while to but was too young to remember which words I did or didn't use!

 
At 10:11 am, Blogger Huw thought it was best to say...

Apparently Tesco is a bastardised compound jobby made from mixing the founder's name, Jack Cohen (the C and O), with some tea company he bought up, called T E Stockwell.

 
At 10:18 am, Blogger Curly thought it was best to say...

So, Owzy was barking up the right tree - we may well be within out rights to say 'Tescos' as an abbreviation of T.E.Stockwells and Cohens?

Good work Huw.

ARV - 'Where to?' Is most definately a Cardiff/Newport/Valleys thing, I picked it up while residing in our fair capital.

 
At 11:32 pm, Blogger Art thought it was best to say...

Bugger. I might have to stop saying where to then...dont want to be mistaken for a Newport-er or Valley-er

 

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