Linguist, lexicographer, radio host, public speaker

Leave off the last S for Baksheesh

“Customers would misspell the word mattress they were dialing ‘m-a-t-r-e-s-s’ so instead of calling us, they were dialing the Regency Hotel on 64th Street, around the corner from where we have a store now. So I offered to pay the front desk clerk at the Regency a small amount of money every month to be nice to my customers and redirect them to the right phone number.”

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Grant Barrett