Or: English Is Weird and Also My Favorite Thing
Since I work in marketing, I have a tendency to avidly watch for interesting campaigns everywhere I go*. Magazine ads, billboards, commercials, graffiti…I’m always peeking at the ways commercialism is invading our lives.**
*This actually has nothing to do with the fact that I work in marketing, and everything to do with the fact that I have the attention span of a gnat.
**Hurray! Job security!
It’s everywhere, y’all.
So when I was driving around the Queen City (the QC if you’re hip, which clearly I am not, since I spell it out), it wasn’t really surprising that a billboard caught my eye.*** Specifically, THIS billboard:
***Distracted me into the horrifying realm of nightmarish possibilities.
NO NO NO NO NO. Is that even a thing that can happen?!**** But that brings up the whole idea of context clues and English.
****Of course it is. And of course I Googled it to make sure. And of course I will never sleep again.
Take, for example, the Got Milk ads for comparison:
Let’s break it down, here. “Got milk?” is asking if you’ve got something you may lack, something you desire.
“Hey, got milk?”
“Actually, no, but I DO have cookies and so now I really want some. Gimmie!”
“Got spiders?” is asking you if you’ve somehow ended up in the exact situation frequently illustrated by my nightmares.
“Hey, got spiders?”
“YES AND PLEASE BY ALL THAT IS HOLY COME AND SAVE ME.”
This applies to more things than actual ads. See if you can identify the positive usage and the negative usage!
I know, I know, this has been a very challenging quiz. But if you said the doubloon pile was the negative usage, you’re right! Because it’s guarded by flying spiders, which are more awful than monsters!
English. It’s all about the context.
On that note…. Garfield.
Oh no…They’re starting to THINK.
The enemy is getting more enemy-esque. It’s time to strategize, folks.
Lol funny post
I really love your blog and + 1 following!
I’m so glad! Thanks for reading 🙂
Ha–love how you end this! Also, love your gorgeous stick figures. We are kindred spirits in the stick figure expression department. 🙂
Thank you SO much! 🙂
I just laughed in the middle of my silent office while surreptitiously reading your blog when I should be working…
I love the angriest spider (and don’t love him at the same time)
YES! Mission accomplished! 🙂
Not that I encourage getting in trouble at work or anything…maybe…probably 😉
The angriest spider is SO angry. I’m glad his evil duality is properly appreciated.
thankfully (as I write most of my blog posts at work) noone here seems to notice my wordpress addiction…
Me too. Well…some of them get written the night before, and next week I am SUPER PREPARED FOR (bring it _on_, Valentine’s Day week), but mostly they’re at work. I feel weirdly more motivated to be creative here… 😉