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Language and technology have never been the most steadfast of bedfellows. To most tech-heads, proper syntax has more to do with debugging code than subject-verb agreement, which is probably why technology products create some of the most infuriating cases of grammar confusion found in the English language.
Case in point: The iPod nano. (And yes, Apple insists that nano be lowercase.)
How would you describe a group comprised of more than one iPod nano? You'd say iPod nanos, right? Or is it iPod nanoes, as in more than one potato means you've got potatoes? (Of course, this is not a universal rule, as more than one piano gives you pianos.)
Or is it iPods nano, as we're pluralizing the noun and not the adjective? This would be similar to the case that more than one sister-in-law means sisters-in-law and not sister-in-laws.
It's a grammatical conundrum for sure. But it's just one of many to originate from Apple's marketing department, what with its linguistically irritating habit of giving several products a noun-then-modifier namesake, such as MacBook Pro or Mac Mini.
Of course, what do you expect from a company whose motto is itself a grammatical error? Think Different is an adjective modifying a verb. Only adverbs can properly modify verbs, so the slogan should be Think Differently.
So, how does one say or write the plural of iPod nano? Well, iPod nano is a compound noun, which means you can place the pluralizing -s in either spot. Typically, pluralizing the lower noun (the noun within the compound element) as opposed to the higher noun (the whole compound) is traditionally only correct in hyphenated forms, such as the aforementioned sister-in-law. So you wouldn't expect to see iPods nano. The issue of -s versus -es pluralization comes down to convention, so it's up to Apple to decide.
Apple, unfortunately, goes out of its way in marketing copy not to pluralize any product name -- or even use articles such as an or the. Apple treats products like singular, proper nouns, as in "While it can't stop the rain, iPod nano might make your day a bit brighter." All I can say is write its customer service department for an answer to this pluralization debate.
Now, before you declare it unreasonable to expect a major product manufacturer to waste time on such trivial matters as official pluralization, I'd refer to the infamous case of the Sony Walkman -- a product so revolutionary, popular, and grammatically confounding that Sony had to list an approved plural form of the word.
WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL PLURAL OF WALKMAN?
To find out, check out the Geek Trivia Answer on TechRepublic.com.
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SABMiller PLC, owner of Miller Brewing, has signaled it may be interested in a tie-up with Coors Brewing, according to a news service report.
Thomson Financial reported from London that Norman Adami, president of SABMiller's Americas division, told an investor presentation this week the companies see cost savings in a potential tie-up with Coors.
Golden-based Coors merged with Canada's Molson in 2005 to become Molson Coors.
Adami said SABMiller would do 'everything reasonable' to improve its position in the US, including potential acquisitions, but declined to comment on the likelihood of a deal for Coors, according to Thomson Financial.
"Should they make themselves available ... clearly we would look at everything out there," the news service quoted him as saying.
Active trading in Molson Coors options also has fueled speculation that the company may be the target of a takeover. The Web site OptionMonster.com noted heavy trading in June options to buy Molson Coors share, a move the site linked to "takeover chatter."
The company recently reveal a new severance plan for executives in case of a takeover, which may have helped fuel the speculation.
A Coors spokesman wasn’t immediately available.
/Film: First Photo: Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are
The first photo from Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story Where the Wild Things Are, has been revealed at the New York City Licensing Show. The photo above comes from Wizard, but we spent quite some time in photoshop making the photo ready for prime time. Click on the photo to enlarge.
We loved this book when we were kids, and I can’t think of anyone (other than maybe Spielberg) that we’d rather see making this movie. The cast and voice cast includes: Catherine Keener, Forest Whitaker, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, and Catherine O’Hara.
Below you can also find the official Warner Bros plot synopsis:WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Where the Wild Things Are follows the adventures of Max, a head-strong young boy who leaves home after having a fight with his mother — only to find himself in a mysterious forest bordering a vast sea. Misunderstood and rebellious, Max sets sail to the land of the Wild Things, where mischief reigns.
The adventure film will use a unique process to bring the story to life, incorporating the most dynamic elements of voice performance, live-action puppetry and computer animation. Where the Wild Things Are releases October 3, 2008.
Wikipedia: Marree Man
The Marree Man, or Stuart's Giant as it was named in anonymous press releases (after John McDouall Stuart), is a geoglyph discovered by air on 26 June 1998. The geoglyph appears to depict an indigenous Australian man, most likely of the Pitjantjatjara tribe, hunting birds or wallabies with a throwing stick. It lies on a plateau at Finnis Springs 60 km west of the township of Marree in central South Australia. It is just outside of the 200,000 square kilometre Woomera Prohibited Area. The figure is 4.2 km high with a circumference of 15–28 km. It is the largest known geoglyph in the world and is estimated to have taken between four and eight weeks to create, but despite this its origins are a mystery, with not a single witness to any part of the expansive operation.
The Marree Man is the largest manmade artwork in the world. The geoglyph depicts a man holding either a throwing stick once used to disperse small flocks of birds, or a boomerang (but see Plaque section below).
The lines of the figure were 20–30 cm in depth at the time of discovery and up to 35 metres in width. It was made with a 2.5 metre wide, eight-tine plough which was attached to a tractor, with the lines needing as many as 14 passes. The tractor would have had to have travelled an estimated 400 km and used up more than 300 litres of fuel.
A local pilot in the region, Brad Thompson, stated that the image had probably been defined by earthmoving machinery going over the lines of the figure at least sixteen times.
To select a suitable site, aerial photography or satellite imagery would have been needed. Using a computer, the figure could have been superimposed over the photograph and adjusted to fit the geography with the corresponding latitude and longtitude coordinates mapped out. Some surveying skills would have been needed to plot the outline, and then with the aid of a hand-held global positioning system stakes could have been placed every hundred metres or so.
The image is gradually eroding through natural processes, but because the climate is extremely dry and barren in the region, the image is still visible. While there is a layer of white chalk material slightly below the red soil, the figure was not defined to this depth. This has led to questions as to why the creators would not have dug a little deeper and made the image both more visible and more permanent.