Thursday, July 16, 2009

Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should


Most people are too young to remember an ad campaign run by RJ Reynolds that touted the flavor of Winston cigarettes with the jingle “Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should”.  In the ad, the announcer corrects the grammar to “Winston tastes good, as a cigarette should”, but then a jingle comes in with the the incorrect grammar again.  It ran for a long time.

Think about that, an ad with grammar as the focus.  Today, it seems, we don’t know the difference.

A while back, I was following this beer truck.  “Traffic.  If only it were as light as your beer.”  Well, traffic were real heavy that day.  If I would have known traffic were going to be that bad, I might have stayed in bed wondering who proof reads these things. 


  1. Good one Tom! Thanks for 'my smile for today'.

    It is said the English language is one of the most difficult to learn; however if one can read, learning to spell correctly doesn't necessarily apply; as.....

    "it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny ipromtnt tihing is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcauseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Pettry azanmig eh?"


  2. Speaking of proof reading it shud have read 'bcuseae'. (Did you catch it?) -Brenda-

  3. Brenda,
    Brilliant! No I didn't catch it. And, how did you do that?

  4. To answer your question: I did it v-e-rrrrry
    s--l---o---------w---l-y and still made a mistake. Speaking 'Pig Latin' is much easier.
    Are you familar with it? -Brenda-

    (Had difficulty again posting comment(s) on your site today. The internet connection appears to have a glitch.)

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