Save 0 cents

Making up for NaBloPoMo failure by posting twice in one day – a Saturday no less, and in the middle of a moment of socialising.

That reminds me of an ad that I saw on TV the other day. A guy is walking along with two girls and he’s pushing a poker machine everywhere with him. They get to a bar and the others go ahead but he can’t fit his poker machine in the door so he’s stuck outside. Then the tagline: “Is gambling interfering in your social life? Call the gambler’s anonymous hotline”.

“Is NaBloPoMo interfering in your social life?”

Anyway, Lara, Greg and I just went to the shops to buy ingredients for dinner and this sign made me giggle.


If I wasn’t worried about getting caught taking photos I might not have taken such a blurry photo. If you could read it properly you would notice that it’s a special: $9.99 – save 0 cents. But hurry, offer ends 09/11.

Lara and I laughed about the great deal but Greg called us on it, “Hey guys, don’t laugh, it all adds up”.

OK, time to get back to human interaction. Cooking Soto Ayam . yum.

14 thoughts on “Save 0 cents

  1. David

    10 bucks a kilo, blimey. I remember when I were a lad, it were nowt but a shilling for two kilos. ‘Course, we called ’em pounds and ounces back then. None o’ this fancy newfangled decimalisationism whatchamacallit. I blame Napoleon personally.

  2. Josh

    I saw watermelons at Safeway for 99c today, if I didn’t have to carry it I would have got one! I think this is the principal difficulty. 99c! A friend said he saw one for $100 in Japan! If we can find a cheap effective way of getting the watermelons in Safeway in Carlton to the shops in Tokyo, we’ve got it made! I suggest a gigantic flotation led by nets!

  3. Josh

    Ok, because Sarah thought this was funny and worth sharing with you too I decided to extract it from an email, it was a P.S., but the context from before was the phrase “Save 0 cents” not “o cent”.. basically me being silly, or the UNIVERSAL context!

    It all raises the question of zero’s status – is it singular or multiple? Or neither? There is the further, not unrelated issue of whether 0 of one thing, say “cents” is any different really from 0 of another thing, say “apricots”? PERHAPS, just to make sure people know what they are talking about, in its UNIVERSAL comportment, the sign should say “Save 0 cents (and/or cucumbers, pianos, highways…etc.)”.

  4. David

    This makes me think of Britain’s slang for the £, which is quid, and we never use quids even when it is more than one. We say £5 as five quid, rather than five quids. Yet there is also a phrase we have, “quids in”, which means making good amounts of money from an investment or something similar. I think it’s the only time that we put an s on quid. As for pound vs pounds for plural, I think we switch between them without a thought, so we could say “it costs four pound fifty” or “four pounds fifty”.

    What all this seems to indicate is that English grammar is a strange beast that doesn’t have much logic. I don’t know how other languages treat zero or plurals. Mathematics is (or are?) strictly logical, so I’m sure that zero is treated rationally there, though I don’t know the details.

  5. Josh

    I sometimes refer to our own currency as “quid” but I don’t think it’s very common at all! An English visitor heard me do it and questioned me about it, and somehow I thought the expression was applicable anywhere whatever the unit, pounds or dollars. But I was born in England so maybe that’s it! “bob” works for both, but I don’t know if Americans use it do they? They say bucks, which we do too.

  6. Josh

    As to the mathematical and logical status of zero, I don’t know, but obviously it – along with infinity – is a unique case. The Greeks didn’t have the number zero so far as I know.

  7. Josh

    I’m not a mathematician (well I suppose we all are mathematicians, but I wouldn’t write it on forms!) but I have wondered if zero and infinity aren’t in fact the same number, each boundaryless or limitless, but imagined at opposite ends of the (positive) numerical system. So we could say they just mark the Absolute, or that without number or beyond number. I’m a bit with the Greeks on this actually, I don’t know that strictly it should be regarded as a number, because it is literally the number of nothing.

  8. Josh

    oh I didn’t know it was Australian… I guess it means that “quids” are more valuable than dollars, so “I wouldn’t do your job for quids”, means for lots of money. But I’ve never thought of what it really meant until today… it helps knowing it’s Australian.

  9. Josh

    it’s a bit funny because you’re saying that in the larger denomination there would inherently be more money paid overall, which is absurd, that’s the joke and why it would have taken on. At least this is Josh’s guessed history of the expression.

  10. Josh

    it could be that most Aussies know what the expression meant and I’m a bit slow off the blocks, but I had no idea! It seemed like one of those archaic expressions which keeps being said but the meaning isn’t really in view any more. I might be wrong. It surprised me that it wasn’t English – not that it would make any sense in England!

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