There was a Peanuts cartoon years ago, where Lucy is eating grapes and Linus comes up and says “You took my group of grapes!” Lucy tells her little brother that the appropriate term is “bunch” as she finishes them and tosses the stem at him as she walks away.
Grapes, bananas, and carrots, and probably a few other things, are gathered in bunches. Newspapers are gathered in bundles, as is software, like Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, sometimes Access) or the Apple equivalent, iWork, which includes Pages, Numbers and Keynote. My advice is to skip paying an arm and a leg for those and use OpenOffice or LibreOffice, which produce documents that are compatible with Microsoft’s and Apple’s and are free. Google Drive, their new name for Google Docs, does the same thing, and it’s free, but you have Google looking over your shoulder, as they are often wont to do.
My theme for the upcoming A to Z Challenge is “eight-letter words,” and one that fits today’s SoCS prompt is “abundant.” I didn’t use that for my “A” post, though.
I heard John Cleese, from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, talking about Terry Gilliam, their illustrator who was born in Minnesota, and how amusing his use of the English language is. He mentioned one instance where they were flying somewhere, and Terry looked out the window and remarked “There’s a whole bunch of clouds down there!” It must be typically Midwestern, because I would have said the same thing. And if it was apparent that Cleese was bothered by it, I’d use it a lot. That’s just the kind of guy I am.
Hope the Easter Bunny brings lots of candy, especially chocolate, tomorrow.
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A version of this commercial has run every year for as long as I can remember, which lately hasn’t been very long.