By Mark Frauenfelder at 12:45 pm Fri, Mar 15, 2013
obligatory Marx_brothers (“Horse Feathers”)…
Wagstaff: [Hangs up phone. Baravelli and Pinky arrive carrying blocks of ice. They deposit them in the wall safe] That’s a fine way to carry ice! Where are your tongs? [Baravelli and Pinky stick their tongues out] Looks like a tong war.
That’s horrifying to imagine, specially when including non-human tongues…
A forked tongue would probably be more efficient and less slobbery.
So what do are you supposed to use to lift the cover?
I’m embarrassed how long it took me to understand what they were getting at. I first wondered if it was some sort of joke, responding to some health department complaint by being sarcastic…
Maybe they thought it was an anglophilic spelling of “tongs” – much as the American English word “homolog” is spelled “homologue” in the Queen’s English.
Uh, some of us here in the US still use -ogue endings. As far as I know, it’s still considered standard English, even here.
I resort to the unquestionable authority of some random contributor to Wikipedia! Beat that!
(Less snarkily, I was taught that “homologue”, “pedagogue”, etcetera were the British-variant spellings. Although I may have been taught incorrectly).
News to me, but I still use the subjunctive, prepositions and past participles like ‘stricken’.
What is this gibberish, are they speaking in tongs?
“Please wash your tongue before taking cookies”
joke signage? put there by customer?
Heaven knows, such does happen.
In an unfunny vein, it’s my understanding that the use of tongs actually increases chances of spreading communicable disease, since multiple people will handle them, whereas (assuming some jerk doesn’t go pawing around the cookie jar) customers are more likely to only handle the cookie they’re taking if they use their hands.
Not a bad point, but if you’ll notice, the consumer of cookies must lift the lid from the tray. Any germs liable to be transferred to the handle of the tongs would likely first be transferred to the lid handle (assuming no infectious agents on one hand holding the tongs that aren’t also on the other hand holding the lid), and would be picked up by the customer whether they touched the tongs or no.
At least the midgets will be free from the spread of germs.
It’s mad isn’t it? The sign should just say ‘don’t paw at the food’.
You lick it you bought it.
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