Okay, so I walk into Best Buy and ask for a specific electronic device. As I'd entered the store, I'd observed one in a display. A clerk looks up the product number in the computer and tells me they do indeed carry the item. I ask if they have the product in stock and he says "yes", then adds, "Best Buy doesn't keep these in the store; you have order it online...but it can be shipped to your home."
Perhaps I'm insufficiently educated, but my understanding of "in stock" means that the item is actually, well, in stock. Now, I'm not an undercover "grammar cop" (no matter what people say), but do I have a problem with people who poorly utilize my English language.
On a completely unrelated subject, it was announced this week that the College Board is changing (re: weakening) the vocabulary standards for the SAT. Ostensibly, the old SAT vocabulary wasn’t particularly useful in day-to-day life. New vocabulary will reportedly focus on words students will likely encounter in college and the workplace, words like "paper" or "plastic", "original" or "extra crispy", "regular" or "super sized".
Or words like "in stock".
After delivering the "in stock" news to me, the blue-shirted clerk looked at me expectantly. Had she been there, my wife would have been proud. I simply cocked my head to the side, frowned a bit, then turned on my heels and walked out.
But I was mentally throttling him. And wishing I had the emergency number to the grammar police.
After I left the store, I sat in my truck and wept a bit for the future of the tools of our oral communication.
Then I went home and ordered from the internet.