A new advert for McDonald's has come under fire over its inaccurate use of the English language.
The advert, which promotes the Pound Saver Menu, begins "the pound, also known as a bob", a statement which, strictly speaking, is not true. Technically, a bob is a term for a shilling, or five pence, and of far less value than a pound.
The American fast food giant's blunder has stirred up some incensed online debate about English currency slang, blaming executives in the US for not properly researching the UK market before broadcasting the advert. Full article >>
Anyone who grew up in Britain in the pre-decimalisation era (i.e. before 1971) would know that a bob is slang for a shilling, equivalent to twelve old pence, and one twentieth of an old pound.