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Jun. 5th, 2008

06:55 pm - Another data point

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Went out today and had lunch at the Philly Connection down the street. Their cheesesteak sandwiches come in two sizes: small and regular.

However, based on various comments on my earlier post, I have concluded that the word "regular" is too confusing to use as the name of a size of a side of fries. Therefore, I shall stop using it and stick to "small", "medium", and "large".

Who's with me?

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 6th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
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Two notes:

1. I understand that if you go into Starbucks and want to use standard terminology instead of their fancy Italian terms, they'll honor it ('twould be a pretty shabby way to do business otherwise).

2. I know why their smallest size is "tall": they used to have two sizes, "short" and "tall". People wanted more, so they added "grande", and later, "venti" (which isn't a Nazi word, although if you consider Mussolini, it might at the closest be considered "fascist".) :} After a while, people weren't buying "short" anymore, so they discontinued it.

Thus, the Starbucks system is basically an upscale version of the "large/super chubby/double super chubby" system. :}
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From:koogrr
Date:June 6th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Canada's Tim Horton's had a great spoof advertisement regarding that. A whole coffee house full of people saying "Is that French or is it Italian? I guess it's Fritalian."

Which bugs me, because "Grande" is big and "Venti" (or at least Vent) is "Twenty" in French, and whenever I pronounce the words properly (not like an American) I get stares. Their menu basically reads to me: Big, Big and Big. The perils of being semi-bi-lingual!

So I ask for 'Biggest'.
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From:barberio
Date:June 6th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Worse if you know a small amount of Italian like I do. (Sicilian dad.) Then you think a Grande anything should be the largest one. With Starbuck's sizing, they're calling the medium size the 'Biggest'. And if you buy a Venti, you wonder why you're buying a cup full of wind...
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From:yakko
Date:June 6th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
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I am. If there's not a specific terminology in effect, I use unambiguous sizes.
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From:natashasoftpaw
Date:June 6th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
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I've pretty much always done that, and become more concious about it after seeing the perpetual confusion caused by my mom at restaurants, who always absolutely insists on using "regular", saying that "They should know what I mean! Everyone says 'regular'!" I refuse to go to Starbucks with her anymore after the last time she threw a hissy fit because she ordered a "regular" frappacino, and got a "tall", their smallest one.
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From:doodlesthegreat
Date:June 6th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
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Me!
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From:koogrr
Date:June 6th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
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You should see the "small" you get at Two Guys Burgers and Fries.
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From:nefaria
Date:June 8th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I wonder what size you get if you order "occasional irregularity".
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