I dropped into the Vashon Thriftway to buy a beef marrow bone for my dog this weekend. (Chewing keeps her calm on choppy ferry crossings.)
I wasn't in too much of a hurry but made a beeline for the express lane when I saw the sign above the register:
10 items or fewer
Great grammatical grocery gobsmack!
Most express lanes incorrectly caution "10 items or less." (At the slower-moving Vashon Market IGA, signs of express anything seemed like an island fantasy.)
From one of the few passages of The Associated Press Stylebook I've memorized, more or less:
"In general, use fewer for individual items, less for bulk or quantity. ... Right: Fewer than 10 applicants called. (Individuals.)
Old newspaper guys like me chew on these things when we've missed our ferry home.