....said the assistant when I collected my prescription this morning.
This logically would expect me to say:
To which she might say, “your name”. (Ah. That’s better.) And I could go on to tell her:
“Well, the name was Browne with an e. Then it was Garrood. Does that help?”
It wouldn’t. Help, I mean.
And then there was the second question:
“What was the address?”
“Well, the address was Bleak House, Coppenhall, Stafford.”
And that wouldn’t help, either.
Because my legal name isn’t Garrood any more, and neither do I live in Staffordshire. So why don’t they ask me what my name and address ARE?
That’s all. As the meerkat says: simples.
(I know this is common usage nowadays, but I just want to know why. That’s all.)