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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Colon Cleanse? Brand-name blooper

IMG_00003101 Really???  In a country with however-many English speakers, where English is pretty much mandatory for every student over Grade Three, an entire corporation decided that a good name for their detergent line was… Colon!

I wonder if anybody told them it means kishke?  Or if the first thing that comes to mind is not purity and shiny-brightness IMG_00003102of dishes, clothing or anything else.

I didn’t buy these, but not because of the name.  Other brand names of detergent are almost equally weird:  Sod, Hepi, Fairy, Persil (these last two are British brands I’d already heard of).

A few old favourites are here, but generally, North American brands are way more expensive.  I have, however, stuck with our old favourite detergent, פלמוליב (Palmolive), since I have found it for reasonably comparable prices to the unknowns.

And then, of course, what could be better - after a shopping trek through the holy land – than a ride home on a bus driven by a guy who looks just like Tevye the Dairyman, from Fiddler on the Roof???

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Tradition!!!

3 comments:

  1. English is mandatory as a school subject. That doesn't mean anyone really learns it. Just like me trying to learn French in Toronto. And I'm originally from Montreal. I work with very highly educated Israelis, many of whom don't understand the complexities or ennui of English enough to see anything wrong with Hepi or Colon.

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  2. but it is pronounced "cologne." so maybe that makes it better?

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    1. I had no idea how to pronounce it... I guess that makes sense. In my head, I see the word, I think "colon." Sorry I didn't see your comment sooner - thanks for stopping by!

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