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William M. Miller is not available in all areas

My pet annoyance is commercials that use the phrase not available in all areas when presumably they mean not available in some areas.  If it's unavailable in all areas, why are they advertising it??? Surely it must be available somewhere; otherwise, why spend the money promoting it?  Admittedly, that's being intentionally dense.  My complaint is that there is an unambiguous way of saying what the advertisers mean - why don't they use it?

Because they're advertisers!

Have you heard or read similar or equally distressing usages?

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