Monday, September 10, 2007

"tips," as they say


I'm gonna go with the explanation that Brian sent me along with the picture: Just snapped this the other day in the airport shuttle in Las Vegas. As you can see, it was a sign reminding patrons to leave the driver a gratuity, or as the locals apparently call them, “tips.”

9 comments:

Arlene said...

actually there's a semi valid reason for that: Vegas has a huge international tourist trade and not every country does or understands tipping. Hence a plausable explanation for the appropriateness of the apostrophes. For once.

Now, tackiness is another matter entirely... to be addressed on another board, no doubt ^__^

mgroves said...

One could consider the term "tips" to be slang for gratuity, I guess. I think a sign asking for tips is a little tactless though...

Brian said...

you people "disgust" me. you are just apologists for the "unnecessary" quotation marks lobby. but "thank you" for your feedback.

Bob said...

I've got a tip for all of you: Get a life! ("Kidding.")

cube said...

I guess they think asking for "tips" is less tacky than asking for mere tips.

Jeff said...

Meh, in NYC we just deal with it by adding the tip into the cost.

I also am a little fed up with the apologists, Brian. This is not a blog for misused quotation marks, but for maybe correct, maybe wrong, but all around silly and amusing use.

bethany said...

I support Jeff's assessment that while this blog does make fun of bad grammar, it also is just here to intentionally misunderstand people for my personal amusement. And whoever else's. If you don't think it's funny, you're free to not read it.

I don't understand how "tips" being a foreign concept to some audience members makes quotation marks appropriate, while it does explain the presence of a sign.

Praise said...

Obviously it's an editorial comment from the cabbies regarding what the typical Vegas tourist would call a tip after losing everything he owns at the craps tables.

Martin Polley said...

I think it means that if you forget your laptop in the back of the cab, it will be happily accepted by the driver as a "tip".