Monthly Archives: March 2015

What is a quick serve restaurant?

quick_serve_restaurantQuick serve restaurant

This term has cropped up on some of the reality restaurant shows I have been watching.

The quick serve restaurant is known for fast, efficient, take-out-ready foods at affordable prices. Some people use the term in place of the older term of fast food. Quick-service restaurants are often chains.

To confuse the issue, there is also a category of restaurant called fast, casual dining.  Here are some distinctions of the fast casual eating experience.

  • The prices are little higher. (from $7-$15 for a meal, depending on the location)
  • The food is perceived to be higher quality–steak may be on the menu.
  • The food is sometimes perceived to be healthier—and may include organic food.
  • The food is sometimes made fresh, sometimes right in front of you.
  • The ambiance and decor are nicer.
  • Some even use  non-plastic utensils and plates.
  • Alcohol may be served.
  • You still purchase your food at the counter and then seat yourself.



Freemiums Do you use them?


Freeiums  Are they really free?


Freemium has to be a fairly new word to the English language.   Freemium is a portmanteau, combining the words free and premium.

It is a pricing strategy where a product or service is provided free of charge. The free items usually are digital in nature.  In many cases, it is possible to upgrade to add more than is offered by the basic free product.

A free trial is not a freemium.  With a trial, you get to try something for free but only for a limited time.

A good example of a freemium is Linkedin.   This site allows anyone (for free) to add their profile, picture and bio.  If you want more features, you must pay Linkedin.

Another example—I have downloaded some digital books recently.  Yes, they are really free.  Sometimes the site offering them will show  you additional products or services for purchase. In many cases, it seems they also want to capture your email in hopes of selling you something in the future.

What good freemiums have you encountered?



Jail vs. prison


Jail vs. prison

I read a blogs about words, follow Facebook groups that deal with words and I listen to word-related podcasts.

This topic came up recently a about two words that are similar.  The words are jail and prison.  In the U.S., it is fairly common that a jail is used for lesser offenses and less serious crimes.  Prisons are for felons and those who will be incarcerated for many years, if not for life.

Anyway, someone online pointed out that by adding an “er” to each of the words, jail and prison, the results are quite different.

A jailer is someone who watches over those who are locked up.   A prisoner is some who is locked up.

Do you know of any other words that change completely when you add a prefix or suffix?