Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Mind your language
I was visiting a pub in London on Sunday evening ('The Green' in Shepherd's Bush, since you ask) and noticed an advertising poster behind the bar.
It read, "Sunday lunch available all day - subject to availability."
If this had been casually written by one of the bar staff on a blackboard, it would have been merely amusing, but it was printed on a glossy poster. The pub in question is owned by the Smith & Jones chain (in turn part of some conglomerate called the Barracuda Group). Presumably this poster is on display throughout the company's chain.
This suggests that professional copywriters and/or marketers sat down and wrote this poster, and senior managers approved it.
You can't get the staff.