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Friday, September 3, 2010

Taking a quick break from work to blog about a couple ads all from the same day that I found amusing.  Not much time to write, but these speak for themselves...They're a little hard to read, but I'll do my best.

Cap. - It is a beat.  Beauty is but skin deep, and - no brains.  L.C., A.B.C.

Dread - Have been away six weeks; if possible call me.  If not, write and send me new name to write to you, yours of January 14 to bond to-day.  Nought.

Ma chere femme. - They seek but to destroy us.  The fond dead should recall us to life and sense again.  All is not yet lost.  Be a soldier in the strife, and answer an exile in person.

Erwin, Erwin - Why don't you come?  Cecilia.
Actually I don't have a lot to say here.  I'm not sure I'm reading them all correctly.  Like the first one, "It is a beat."  Is that right?  Seems like an odd thing to say.  But the message, apparently, is: "that girl/guy is pretty, but s/he isn't anything special, and besides, s/he's stupid."  As for the second, today a "dreadnought" is a kind of battleship.  However, I'm assuming that this person really meant "dreadnaught", with an "a," which means "fear nothing."  Obviously.  Since the first dreadnought battleship wasn't launched until about 35 years later and "fear nothing" makes a great deal more sense in this context, I'm going to assume someone made a slight spelling mistake.  Funny how much the letter "o" could change the meaning of a whole ad though, right?

The third - I feel like this is just a code for something.  It's so cliched!  Every sentence is a catchphrase.  Either the writer lacked creativity, or s/he's sending a message of some sort that means something else.  Also, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense (okay, who am I kidding, these ads almost never make sense).  I vote code.  And finally, the last, I just thought it was sort of funny.  I don't know why.  Maybe cause "Erwin, Erwin" doesn't have the same romantic ring as "Romeo, Romeo."  Poor Cecilia.  I hope Erwin finally showed up.

Anyway, folks, I'm down to about a week before a major deadline, so I may not post anything for the next week.  Just trying to hunker down and get things done!  Have a great weekend!

©2010 Pam Epstein


Anonymous September 10, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

Pam - we're synched!! I'm working on a paper for my 4th year British History class and love your blurbs! I'm wondering if you have any leads on some papers in England to have a look similar ads as the ones you find?


Pam September 10, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

Check out these two books: "The Novelty of News" by Matthew Rubery and "Classifieds" by H.G. Cocks. Both about personals in England.

Good luck!

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