There are the others where no one cares.
Also - I’ve always wondered why “extra medium” has remained relegated to the jokes and puns. I fit poorly into both mediums and larges, and I don’t feel like shelling out $50 a dress shirt to get them tailored specifically for my body – if there were to be an extra-medium, I think it would better approximate my life and the lives of quite a few people.
I mention this because I went shopping yesterday and found a buy-2-get-one-free t-shirt deal. I tried one on, found that the brand fell into the typical wear-a-medium-and-look-like-Eurotrash or wear-a-large-and-look-like-the-oracle-at-Delphi (because it’s a dress) conundrum. I went for M and pulled three off the rack.
One of the shirts is on an “medium” hanger but the tag says it’s a large.
Crap. Initiate a 12-hour period of vacillation: do I want to, don’t I want to, should I, shouldn’t I, do I have time to, I don’t have time to.
In the end I left the archive early specifically so I could go and exchange the shirt.
Icarus: Hi, I was in yesterday and I accidentally bought the wrong size shirt. Here’s the receipt. Can I change it?[ICARUS makes a little flicking motion with the shirt that’s currently in his hands and in her eye sight. CFH rolls her eyes.]
Clerk from Hell: If you have the shirt with you right now.
CFH: If we have one in the right size…[ICARUS walks to the racks, finds a shirt on a medium hanger, the tag of which also says medium, and returns to the counter. CFH looks at it.]
CFH: This is also a large.I wish she had been the kind of saleswoman who asked if I needed fries with that.
Icarus: No, it’s not.
CFH: I’m looking at the price tag. Yes, it is.
Icarus: Oh, that must just be an error, like how you put a ‘large’ t-shirt on a ‘medium’ hanger.
CFH: No, it’s a large.
Icarus: Look at any of the other tags on it and you’ll see the “M” for medium.
CFH: Aren’t you the guy who just bought a wrong-sized shirt?
Icarus: IT SAYS MEDIUM RIGHT HERE! GIVE ME THE DAMN TSHIRT!