Ugh, what's with advertisers?
Look, I'm not the grammar nazi I appear to be. I accept slang. Gotta, for instance, is a perfectly acceptable substitute in the lexicon for "got to" and "have to." I gotta go to the dentist, or I've gotta go to the dentist, either is fine with me. However, "gotta" is not a substitute or equivalent for "got a" or "have a" -- the slang simply isn't used to mean ownership; hence the two ts for the got and to. And yet, on Milbank, a huge billboard asks, "Gotta buck?" -- What the hell? Gotta isn't even shorter than "Got a." In terms of actual letters, "Got a" is actually shorter, and in terms of spaces, it's the same. So they're not saving any billboard space. Did they think it looked cooler? Or are the people in charge of creating these ads merely uneducated? I'm seriously annoyed by all of this.