Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dear Jen,

Dear Jen,

(I like to think I can call you Jen, even though we never met. Since I read your blog I feel like we're friends... Obviously I don't have many real friends. But don't worry, I'm not one of those stalker, I want to wear your face as a mask kind of friends... Those are the WORST friends. I more of a wall flower internet friend. :) See you can tell by my smiley emoticon.)
Your stewing has cause me to stew... And I would appreciate if you stayed out of my stew.

I am of course stewing about your Whoa, Indeed post. 
(If you haven't read it please click the link here... I will wait. )
Done? Ok good.

I'm stewing Jen.  And let me tell you why...

Woah is actually a perfectly correct way to spell "Whoa". The OED lists woah as a variant of woa which is a variant of whoa, which is a variant of the interjection who (not to be confused with the pronoun who--the interjection is pronounced as wo--which is also a variant of all these), which came into the language as a variant of ho!

Therefore your whole blog about the travesty of  a misspelling getting printed in a national ad campaign is no longer really valid. I'll admit going the whole OED route is a little "uber nerd" but I didn't make the woah/whoa rules.  

This is just me being nitpicky...


I don't know how all ad agencies work but I do work for an ad agency. I can tell you right now there are not that many people looking at an ad before it gets to the client. Using Mad Men for your basis on how an ad agency works would be like me judging your life off Carrie in Sex and The City.

I would like to think that whoever designed the Skinny Cow ad had tons of time to get their creative juices flowing but, I wouldn't bet money on them having more than a day max.  Also, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the project request was this: Skinny Cow ad to make people feel bubbly and magical and like rainbows might shoot out of their butts.

Client / Agency relationship perfectly illustrated here.

This isn't my main annoyance... It is a common misconception and maybe Skinny Cow did use a huge agency with multiple layers of management.


This is the one that really tweaked my nipples.

Blaming Generation Y...

Really... really.... This "error" is obviously  the work of Generation Y???

I am not too pleased about these broad labels that get thrown all over Generation Y... I'm not saying that there aren't people out there who deserve it.  I know a lot of whinny self worshiping hipsters who need to get their silver spoons surgically removed from their mouths. But, for you to  blindly blame someone from Generation Y because we are all a bunch of lazy sloppy tools is driving me up a wall.

I shouldn't be surprised though... Don't older Generations always hate the younger generations? I'm sure my Grandparents thought Woodstock was the beginning of the Apocalypse and the four horsemen were disguised as dirty hippies.

Also, have you seen Generation Z? They seem like a bunch of shifty bastards if you ask me. Definitely not to be trusted. Something about the eyes... Lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. Gives me the creeps  

So please don't pigeon hole an entire generation because you have a chip on your shoulder about some Generation X's being out of work and a "misspelled" Skinny Cow ad.

Or we could just agree to disagree... Because that's what friends do.


Lucky Z


  1. LOL. Okay, I have no good response for this, but I just had to say that I read it twice and cracked up both times (both your article, and her response). Awesome. :)