As I was sitting at a traffic light this morning, I noticed that the CVS/Pharmacy store on the corner had a sign on the side of their building. It read:
Minute Clinic .
This led me to wonder. Did they mean minute (my newt), meaning really tiny? If so, that doesn’t sound like it would be of much help.
Or did they mean minute (men it), meaning 60 seconds? If so, what does the minute measure? The time they spend with each patient? How soon you’ll be seen once you walk in the door? What?
My guess is that it’s just another poorly-conceived corporate name for something that barely qualifies to have either word applied to it and certainly not both. Also, I bet they think minute rhymes with clinic ; it does not.
I really wish they’d chosen a different name for their in-store medical services.
The other thought I had is how odd English is, what with a word that means both and the only way to tell them apart is by how we say them aloud.