Monday, September 19, 2005

Volkswagens, herbs and kayaks

Two new TV commercials bollux me.

In the first, Volkswagen makes light of the word "herb," defining it as an adjective. Then they use it in a sentence ... as a noun. Lucky for us, most American students don't know the difference between an adjective and a noun (or an adjective and a chainsaw, for that matter) so they won't be grotesquely scarred by this experience.

The other TV commercial -- from Southwest Airlines -- shows a fellow kayaking in wild whitewater rapids. It says: "Four hours ago, he was clearing a paper jam." Presumably, he left his banjaxed printer, drove to the airport, parked in the short-term lot, checked in at least 60 minutes before his flight, checked his luggage (which might or might not include a kayak), passed through three levels of security, caught his Southwest Airlines flight (let's say it's an hour flight with no delays), claimed his luggage (which still might or might not include a kayak), rented a car or hired a wilderness taxi, traveled to some pristine wild river which probably doesn't run anywhere near the airport, changed into his wetgear, and finally launched his kayak. In four hours?

OK, it seems unlikely, but maybe his name is Herb and he drives a Volkswagen. Apparently, anything is possible in a Volkswagen.

1 comment:

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