Medium: (noun) “something which is intermediate between two degrees, amounts, qualities, or classes; a middle state.” (Oxford English Dictionary)
Businesses: If you have only two sizes of something, NEITHER of them is a MEDIUM. And if you have three sizes, the SMALLEST one is not the MEDIUM one. Do you know which one is? THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE! Papa Murphy’s Pizza has three sizes of pizza. They call them “Medium,” “Large,” and “Family Size.” Oy. Seriously, what is wrong with “Small,” “Medium,” and “Large?” And why do you want to dis someone who wants to order the largest size even though they aren’t taking it home to share it with any family? Firehouse Subs has two sizes of sandwiches – TWO. I went in there yesterday and ordered a “small Sub on a Club” (indicating, pretty clearly I thought, that of the two sizes available, I wanted the smaller one.) The girl blinked at me and then asked if I wanted a medium or a large.
I didn’t hurt her . . . I didn’t!
I know it’s their business and they can call their stuff whatever they want. But it just hurts me a little bit every time I have to order. Would it really be SO damaging to their sales if they just used the right words?
If I ever have a business and have two sizes of something, I’m going to call them Smaller and Larger. And if anything on my list of goods available is called “Medium” you can bet your sweet ass there will be 3 sizes (or qualities) of that item available (or maybe 5 or 7 – some number which there can be a middle of.)