A pox on whomever is responsible for the new Dr. Pepper slogan.
“Drink Dr. Pepper slow”
You see, “to drink” is a verb, and verbs are modified by adverbs, which generally, but not always, end in “ly”. Therefore, one drinks “slowly”, not “slow”. Unless, of course, “slow” is the name of a drink. As in “sloe gin fizz”. The spelling of which leads me to another grammar issue: there, their and they’re.
There is a location – “I put my glasses over there.”
Their is a possessive pronoun – “Where are their glasses?”
They’re is a contraction of they and are – “They’re sitting on my glasses.”
I have seen elementary school teachers use these words incorrectly, which makes me fear for the children she teaches.
The Dr. Pepper commercial actually hurts my ears. It makes me feel like I’ve bitten down on a piece of tin foil. And I despair that the only people who seem to consistently speak using proper grammar learned English from someone other than their native English speaking parent! Truly, I learned more about grammar when I was taking German than I ever did in high school. Sigh. So am I a snob? Probably. But I can live with it.
Now, you’ll have to excuse me. I have a strawberry limeade, and I plan on drinking it slowly.