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People say the strangest things

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Here are a couple rather amusing, if confusing, ads that have nothing to do with each other - and yet are all a little bit, let's say, unique.

Some one is deluded. McG - is not the chap. His romantic propositions have subsided. He is not Constant.

Okay, this one isn't totally out of the ordinary, but it stuck out to me because of the line "Some one is deluded." Heh. And I can't quite figure out who is who. Is the "some one" the person being addressed in the ad (the way you might say, "Well someone's in a good mood today!"), who thinks she's in love with "McG"? Or is there a third person who is deluded and thinks McG is in love with the person addressed here? Or something else entirely? Whatever the case, it seems that "Constant" has two meanings: both the pseudonym of the author and, of course, a sign of his fidelity. Still, I just like the deluded part. It reminds me of this ad, which is one of my favorites.

Maggie - Does the story of "The Dangerous Woman" published in the Western World refer to you? If so, is it published with your consent? Meet me at hotel in Broadway at 4 this P.M. Be prompt. Werner.

Um, I don't know. I assume that the "Western World" was some old magazine; I ran a quick Google search for it but of course that phrase comes up with a million hits that have nothing to do with anything. Anyways, that doesn't matter, the real stand out in this ad is, again, the first line. "The Dangerous Woman"! My, my! Who is this Maggie person and why would Werner think a story entitled "The Dangerous Woman" would be about her? At first it seems like he's being tongue-in-cheek - like he read the story and it reminded him of her and is just making a dig. But then he asks if she gave consent, and I wonder if he really did think this story was about her! And if so - wow! I want to know more about Maggie.

Minnie - Keep your eye "on that dog next door." Frank

Again, hardly indecipherable, but hee hee hee. "Keep your eye 'on that dog next door.'" I think the word "dog" had the same secondary meaning that it does today - a guy who's kind of an untrustworthy jerk - so Frank is obviously not referring to an actual dog. So that's kind of funny - and it's also interesting to me as far as who the people involved are. I think a lot of ads were being used by middle- and maybe even upper middle-class folks, judging by the language they used (drawing on Latin, French, Shakespeare, etc). But I get the idea that this ad isn't from anything close to high society for the exact same reason. So I like that, because it does show that the personals were used by everyone - and what an interesting community that makes! Some romantic ad from, say, Trellis right next to something like this. Probably the only time two guys like this would have been anywhere near each other...

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Bianca C March 24, 2010 at 12:07 AM  

Wondering if Werner is perhaps the family solicitor or alternative father figure. Thinks the story is about a girl he knows, and needs to find out - for her late fathers' sake you know?

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