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Lately I have been listening to a lot of podcasts and their sponsorship segments keep featuring things like “Forty pounds off your first order” or “Use this code for a hundred pounds discount”. The only thing those ads say to me is that the product is one that I can’t afford. If there is forty pounds off the first order then the regular monthly order must be more than that. If there is a hundred pounds discount then the product must be expensive enough that they still make a good profit. I also just saw an online ad telling me that if I spent two thousand pounds on a watch I would get a free gift.
If I spend two thousand quid on a a watch I would get a jail sentence for robbing a bank.


"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Samuel Johnson.
 
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A "free gift?" Is that no longer redundant? I see it often.
 
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Great point, Geoff. It does seem to be redundant.

I have felt the same way, Bob. There is this ad about putting in a new bathroom and saving $4,000. Wow - how much was it in the first place?
 
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The radio station I listen to is advertising apartments “starting at one million four hundred and fifty thousand pounds”. I reckon I will be able to get that together by the time that I am about four hundred and fifty years old. Of course by then it won’t be enough. Who exactly do they think the station's demographic is?

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"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Samuel Johnson.
 
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I'll never forget one of our friends who had retired from some kind of a radiology job (high level) at Harvard University. They moved from the Chicago area to a lovely home in Cambridge, MA, which is not cheap. When he retired, he sold the home for a goodly price, I am sure. They wanted to move to Seattle to be close to their son, and ended up buying a lovely home that overlooks Puget Sound. He told me that they hadn't planned to buy such a big (gorgeous) home in their retirement, but he had so much "money rattling around in his pocked," loved the house, so bought it. I thought to myself, I have never had a lot of money rattling around in my pocket! Wink I'll never forget that phrase.
 
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