posted May 27, 2016 05:29
At my college many of our students take their exams using a word processor. To protect themselves from the computer freezing or power cuts, which might make them lose their work, they are encouraged by me to save their work many times during the course of their exams. One of the ways I do this is by writing the following words on the whiteboard in front of them:
Save lots. It has recently been changed by somebody objecting to poor grammar to: Save often. I don't think I'm wrong; what does everybody else think.
posted May 27, 2016 05:47
Good to see you here again!
"Lots," in this context, seems colloquial to me, but not incorrect.
posted May 27, 2016 08:16
i would be a bit more specific
Save your work I think Save lots sounds like an environmental activist plea.
posted May 27, 2016 20:24
Graham, it is so nice to see you back!
For those of us in the U.S., "often" sounds less awkward, I think. However, "lots" may be used to mean "often" in the U.K.? It is defined as an
to mean "often," so I think you are right.
posted May 27, 2016 21:50
1839 F. Trollope in New Monthly Mag. Dec. 486 ‘But tell me, dearest, for pity's sake tell me, did he ever speak of me?’ ‘Lots. He asked more questions, I promise you, than we could answer.’
posted May 30, 2016 20:50
I've been thinking about this question. I think of "lots" to mean quantity - a lot. So - if I were to see a sign saying "Save lots," I would say to myself, "Save lots of what?"
posted May 31, 2016 01:19
if I were to see a sign saying "Save lots," I would say to myself, "Save lots of what?"
It's self-evidently money in that case.
Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
posted May 31, 2016 10:36
A local big box store's slogan is, "Save big money at Menard's." If one saves big money, it's counterfeit. Also, how does one "save' by spending? The advertisers have the public nearly totally fooled.
posted May 31, 2016 20:43
Oh, believe me, I
that slogan, Geoff. That may be "female talk." I keep reminding myself of how much money I saved when I bought a lot at Nordstrom's half yearly sale.