When you read the fine print, sometimes these posts just write themselves!
All – It’s a word we probably use every day without thinking about it.
Some of the dictionary.comdefinitions include:
- the whole number of
- the whole quantity or amount
- wholly; entirely; completely
Seems pretty much a given that we all know the definition of all, right?
Apparently not so much for our fine friends at Babies R Us.
We got a pamphlet of coupons in the mail the other day, which is always a pretty cool thing when you have a young kid and another baby on the way.
One of the coupons was “Save 15% on ALL laundry detergents” and yes the ALL was even in bold.
Then, right underneath that it says “Excludes Tide and Dreft”
Wait a minute, I thought ALL detergents were on sale. Wouldn’t it be appropriate to say MOST detergents are on sale, or as it turns out saying SOME detergents are on sale would have been the most appropriate wording of this particular coupon.
See, let’s look at the two that aren’t included in the sale.
Tide is pretty much the benchmark for laundry soap. If I were shopping for someone who gave me a list and they wrote ‘Laundry Detergent’ without specifying a brand, I would get Tide. Everybody knows Tide and there would probably be the least chance of having gotten the wrong kind versus any other brand.
And let’s look at Dreft for a second. I didn’t know this until about 21 months ago (which happened to be when my son was born), but that’s the end all / be all of laundry soaps for baby clothes.
In other words, Babies R Us has a coupon for ALL detergents, except what have to be the two most commonly purchased detergents in their store.
What the heck is that?
I can’t even make this stuff up, people!