Thursday, July 03, 2014

Thursday extracts: a little grammar lesson

Abe picked up the yoghurt container and peered at the label.
"Non-fat shouldn't taste this good. You're sure it's non-fat?"
"That's what it says. And less calories too."
"Fewer calories."
"Less." Jack pointed to the bright yellow flag on the container. "Says so right there."
"I should accept a yoghurt label as my authority on grammar? Trust me, Jack, it's 'fewer'. Less fat - okay. But fewer calories."

F Paul Wilson
Conspiracies (A Repairman Jack novel)

Gotta love a thriller writer who makes space for an English lesson!


snafu said...

On the radio this morning some snobby book critic said you are unlikely to learn from reading outside the classics. Huh!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Anne .. I quite agree - what a great insert .. clever chap is F Paul Wilson ... which is dreadful grammar! - as was that .. I'm off before I dig larger holes for me myself to fall into .. !!??

Cheers Hilary