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Creative Supermarket Signs

Mona Williams May 16, 2011 11:23 AM

My friend and I just got back from the supermarket, where we saw very small watermelons being advertised as "Personal Watermelons." We thought that was so funny--somehow, "personal watermelon" doesn't have quite the ring to it that "personal pizza" does. Does anyone else have examples of funny/overly enthusiastic supermarket signs?

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  1. nofunlatte RE: Mona Williams May 16, 2011 12:29 PM

    I got enough of a chuckle out of the "teenage spinach" at a local supermarket that I snapped a picture of it.

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      Mona Williams RE: nofunlatte May 16, 2011 01:37 PM

      That made me laugh out loud.

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        LindaWhit RE: nofunlatte May 17, 2011 10:30 AM

        ROFL! Now THAT is creative marketing. Wonder how many people actually read it. :-)

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          BobB RE: nofunlatte May 17, 2011 05:38 PM

          Those baby spinach, they grow up so fast!

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            Isolda RE: nofunlatte Jun 1, 2011 10:33 AM

            What makes it teenage spinach? Does it slam doors and cost a lot?

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              onceadaylily RE: Isolda Jun 1, 2011 06:55 PM

              Or throw a fit when forced to pair with barely ripe tomatoes, or have to go to school in generic 'dressing'?

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                visciole RE: Isolda Jun 12, 2011 06:40 PM

                It's sooo embarrassed by you that it wilts in your cart!

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                ttoommyy RE: nofunlatte Jun 8, 2011 06:28 AM

                What's next, Tweener Spinach?

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                ChiliDude RE: Mona Williams May 16, 2011 01:40 PM

                I have an agricultural education altho I grew up in a city. The overuse of the breed name 'Angus' with reference to beef tickles the hell out of me. Angus is the shortened name of a black Scottish beef breed known as Aberdeen Angus, and altho the breed produces good quality meat, so do the other beef breeds like Hereford, Shorthorn, Charolais, and Santa Gertrudis to name a few. It's all a marketing scheme. I am not afraid to ask a shopper staring at beef in the supermarket if the shopper knows to what the term 'Angus' refers. Ninety per cent of the shoppers that I interrogate admit that the term is not part of their culinary knowledge.

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                  sunshine842 RE: ChiliDude May 17, 2011 10:49 AM

                  you'd have a blast in a French supermarket, then -- no joke, the beef in a supermarket is displayed by breed -- Charolais, Blonde d'Aquitaine, Salers, etc., etc., etc.

                  And people *argue* about which one is the best.

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                    Atahualpa RE: sunshine842 Jun 2, 2011 09:19 AM

                    Yes, and much of the classic French system assumes that terrroir is more important than varietal in vinting.

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                  smartie RE: Mona Williams May 16, 2011 05:08 PM

                  I remember seeing a photograph of a sign at a meat counter advertizing a baked ham that would be a 'great idea for Jewish New Year' (or something very close to a great idea). Which of course it wouldn't be since many Jews don't eat ham.

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                    Jenny Ondioline RE: smartie May 17, 2011 02:19 PM

                    Star Market here in Boston had an unfortunate juxtaposition in one of their sale flyers a couple years ago: HAPPY RAMADAN directly over a picnic ham.

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                      BobB RE: smartie May 17, 2011 05:31 PM

                      That's a famous photo on the Web - if I remember correctly it was taken at Balducci's in NYC about three years ago.

                      And... a quick google shows that my memory is not as far gone as I thought: http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/...

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                      rockycat RE: Mona Williams May 17, 2011 07:07 AM

                      Not the supermarket, but yesterday i was reading the posted sandwich menu at a bagel store. The sandwich I was considering came with "grilled opinions (sic)."

                      No thanks. I get grilled on my opinions enough at work.

                      1. LoBrauHouseFrau RE: Mona Williams May 17, 2011 12:44 PM

                        I've seen some pretty strange ones, but my favorite was a produce bin labeled "Plumcot; Flavor Grenade"

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                          rockycat RE: LoBrauHouseFrau May 17, 2011 01:34 PM

                          Back away from the fruit, people...slowly now.


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                            ttoommyy RE: LoBrauHouseFrau Jun 8, 2011 06:30 AM

                            Looks like Flavor Grenade is a variety of Pluot:


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                              LoBrauHouseFrau RE: ttoommyy Jun 8, 2011 07:47 AM

                              Oh! I'd not heard of that one before... sometimes I wonder where they come up with these names, lol.

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                            smartie RE: Mona Williams May 17, 2011 02:16 PM

                            I loved the chalk board outside an off-licence (liquor store) in London a few years back.

                            "Amazing offer, 11 bottles of Champagne for the price of 12".

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                              Jenny Ondioline RE: Mona Williams May 17, 2011 02:21 PM

                              Close to 20 years ago, the supermarket in the small New Mexico town where I went to college got their first shipment of some fancy-ass Asian fungi, and proudly hung a sign over them in the produce department: "SHITTAKE MUSHROOMS."

                              1. BobB RE: Mona Williams May 17, 2011 05:37 PM

                                I was in my local Whole Foods last week and noticed that there was a sign on a pile of cheddar cheese wedges. At first glance it looked fine: "Two Year Old Cheddar, $12.99/lb." But the description of the cheese on the same sign was of some soft cheese, "similar to Fourme d"Aumbert" or some such. I took it to the cheese person behind the counter and pointed this out. She said "that's weird," then went and placed it right back on top of the pile of cheddar.

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                                  ChiliDude RE: Mona Williams May 18, 2011 12:17 PM

                                  Here's another one that is incorrect all over the US where sandwiches are made and sold. The use of the Italian word for a roll is not 'panini' because that is the plural of 'panino.' A sandwich made with a roll is a 'panino imbottito', a stuffed roll. As you can see, having a little knowledge of Italian can be a dangerous thing. When I order a sandwich in a deli that lists panini, I ask for a panino.

                                  We have a supermarket that has an electronic device for ordering sandwiches at the deli counter. It requires that the prospective diner give her/his name which appears at the end of a printout that automatically appears at the sandwich board. I like to use my 'nom de sandwich' which is Affamato, an adjective translated as 'starving.'

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                                    LindaWhit RE: ChiliDude May 18, 2011 12:26 PM

                                    As do I, Chilidude (use the word panino instead of panini). And I also don't say "panino sandwich" - that belongs in the Department of Redundancy Department. :-)

                                    "Carmel" for Caramel also drives me bonkers when I see it on signs or menus.

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                                      ChiliDude RE: LindaWhit May 18, 2011 12:49 PM

                                      Caramella is the generic word for 'candy' in Italian. I think that I'm starting to sound like Michael Constantine, the actor, who played the father in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding?"

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                                        LindaWhit RE: ChiliDude May 18, 2011 01:24 PM

                                        If you pull out the Windex, I'm leaving. ;-)

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                                          gaffk RE: ChiliDude May 18, 2011 04:01 PM

                                          But if you pull out the ouzo, I'm staying ;)

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                                      FishTales RE: Mona Williams May 18, 2011 04:07 PM

                                      A few decades ago I was standing in a store so that one of the building's upright posts blocked part of the 'Frozen Foods' sign, turning the aisle into 'Zen Foods.'


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                                        ChiliDude RE: FishTales May 22, 2011 10:07 AM

                                        I dig it! However, I follow the teachings of Christopher Hitchens.

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                                        Sharuf RE: Mona Williams Jun 6, 2011 05:26 AM

                                        In my home town many years ago, there was a grocery store in a funky part of town that had a unique feature. The guy who did the neon sign got it wrong when he installed it . The store left it like that (guess they thought it was amusing) and ever after they were known as "Tony's Upside Down Market".

                                        1. RUK RE: Mona Williams Jun 6, 2011 05:42 AM

                                          Snapped this one with my cell phone at Hmart a few months ago.

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                                            LindaWhit RE: RUK Jun 6, 2011 05:45 AM

                                            LOL! Flying out of the freezer, I see. ;-)

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                                              uwsister RE: RUK Jun 7, 2011 01:18 AM

                                              Which H-Mart was it? I love this - and "teenage spinach"!

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                                                RUK RE: uwsister Jun 7, 2011 04:16 AM

                                                I think it was the one at the Little Ferry/NJ circle. (Had to think because I also go to the store in Fort Lee.)

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                                                Cheese Boy RE: RUK Jun 12, 2011 06:16 PM

                                                I'm still laughing about this. I guess it should have read "Bass"? It's very funny.

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                                                  sunshine842 RE: Cheese Boy Jun 12, 2011 10:40 PM

                                                  I think it's short for "assorted"

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                                                    kattyeyes RE: sunshine842 Jun 13, 2011 08:26 AM

                                                    No, maybe it was REALLY, REALLY frozen...like, "That was some frozen ass fish!" or as one of my friends used to say, "I'd like a big ass glass of water!"
                                                    KIDDING. ;P These are great--esp. priceless visciole's "sooo embarrassed by you that it wilts in your cart!" Love it!

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                                                  Unraveled RE: RUK Jun 14, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                  I frequent the Korean supermarkets in the DC area. This is too common (though most are spelling and grammar errors). Whoever does the copyediting is clearly not proficient in English.

                                                3. ttoommyy RE: Mona Williams Jun 8, 2011 06:36 AM

                                                  A bit off topic, but in the same vein%3

                                                  On two separate occasions at two different restaurants, our group of friends found these abbreviations on checks that were printed with a POS system: "ass cheese" and "fag bowl." The first was the abbreviation for "assorted cheeses" and the second wass the abbreviation for a "bowl of pasta fagioli." This happened a number of years ago, but we always refer to these menu items in their abbreviated forms whenever we see them on a menu. :)

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                                                    buttertart RE: ttoommyy Jun 8, 2011 12:58 PM

                                                    ttoommyy - I love your sense of humor. Too funny.

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                                                    escondido123 RE: Mona Williams Jun 8, 2011 01:06 PM

                                                    When there is an Express line, the sign her in So Cal usually reads "!0 items or less." When I was back in New England, I noticed the sign read "10 items or fewer." Obviously at least one of them has a grammarian on staff.

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                                                      uwsister RE: escondido123 Jun 8, 2011 03:04 PM

                                                      And god bless grammar geeks!

                                                    2. buttertart RE: Mona Williams Jun 8, 2011 01:06 PM

                                                      "FRESH PRINCE" - label on packages of those big cylindrical oyster mushrooms called prince mushrooms in Chinese, HK Supermarket, NYC.
                                                      "PATRICK" - label on frozen partridge, meat market, Chinatown, NYC. I love this.

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                                                        visciole RE: buttertart Jun 12, 2011 06:47 PM

                                                        And a Pa-tri-ick in a Paul tree!

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                                                          buttertart RE: visciole Jun 13, 2011 06:33 AM

                                                          Indeed. Seriously cute.

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