English Professor Kicked out of Starbucks for Refusing to Use Starbucks' Jargon

Lynn Rosenthal, a college professor of English, is a stickler for correct grammar. She doesn't approve of Starbucks' word usage, and after an argument with a barista, she was forcibly removed from a Starbucks location in New York City:

"I just wanted a multigrain bagel," Rosenthal told The Post. "I refused to say 'without butter or cheese.' When you go to Burger King, you don't have to list the six things you don't want.

"Linguistically, it's stupid, and I'm a stickler for correct English."

Rosenthal admitted she had run into trouble before for refusing to employ the chain's stilted lexicon -- balking at ordering a "tall" or a "venti" from the menu or specifying "no whip."

Instead, she insists on making a pest of herself by ordering a "small" or "large" cup of joe.

Link via Geekosystem | Photo by Flickr user tristanf used under Creative Commons license

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I don't know what Burger King she frequents, but when I order a Whopper at any BK in my neighborhood I get everything on it unless I specify that I don't want tomatoes or onions or whatever.

And I wouldn't take a class from a professor that believes that being clear and precise is improper use of English.
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I've always assumed that it was because I live in central Kentucky that my local Starbucks doesn't care when I say "medium." I'm glad to know it's a common thing. My favorite though is to rattle off a long drink around here. If I order a "single grande, 5-pump rasberry, 2-pump chai, organic, no water chai," I will get a different drink every time.
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If you don't say you want it plain, what's your server to do? This has nothing to do with grammar and everything to do with she's a B-I-T-C-H.
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