I’m a words guy. And as a words guy, I’m easily rattled by verbal misuse. I get that language evolves and all that, but I also respect the power of words to communicate concepts clearly.
Anyway, this morning the SF Chronicle featured the headline “Coffee shop’s name has Standard & Poor’s in a froth.”. The place in question, Standard and Pours Coffee and Stocks, is not a coffee shop, but a coffeehouse.
My fight, however, is in vain, as a Google search for “coffee shop” demonstrates the language has shifted towards gourmet coffee, with links to Starbucks, starting your own espresso business, and the like.