Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Conjunction Malfunction

"Burns up to 100 calories and more."





Am I the only one who thinks "or" would have been the better functioning conjunction in this sentence?


Semantically (and logically), the options of calorie burning should be the correlative "either...or", not the coordinating "and".

8 comments:

The pale observer said...

Where does the product come from? If it's an english speaking country - no excuse!!!

Lorelei said...

Their website says, "Multiple studies have shown a single serving of Celsius on average burns up to 100 calories or more by raising metabolism over a three hour period, generating increased energy and alertness." So maybe their marketing department just goofed when making that advertisement.

Faldone said...

I think even or is a little suspect. Either way they're saying that it burns zero or more calories.

Wordacious said...

pale observer - The company is based in the US in the state of Florida.

Lorelei - Thanks for checking the website. It is good to know that they used the better functioning conjunction on at least one occasion.

Faldone - Good point. The phrase "up to" does semantically imply that the entire idea of calorie burning is not guaranteed.

Anonymous said...

I was going to guess that this product was from Canada...Eh!

paul said...

poorly worded for certain although it can be interpreted as "burns up to 100 calories and also does other things"

Wordacious said...

Paul - Though it is a stretch, I agree. The "more" could be interpreted as "burns up to 100 calories and 'causes diarrhea'" (and who knows what else).

The pale observer said...

No excuse for the bad grammar...

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