Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Inhumanity: Corporate "Homemade" Food

I am so very sick of hearing people say "Oh the humanity!" whenever there is something horrible that has occurred. I hear it echoed on the radio, in ads, and on television. It makes my skin crawl because, of course, the true phrase is "Oh the inhumanity!"

Of course it could be argued that the human race is intrinsically evil and it's much more accurate to bemoan it by saying "Oh the humanity". More accurate, perhaps, but it's certainly not what the original phrase intended. It was predicated on the mistaken belief that people are inhumane when they do something evil.

Which leads me to another grammatical pet peeve of mine:

How is it that corporations and restaurants can boast "homemade" anything? Do they farm it out like a cottage industry to little old ladies on social security? Is each batch specially whipped up in a warm, clean kitchen in someone's home? I picture little old ladies everywhere, bringing vats of soup to the backdoors of restaurants throughout the nation.

In my kitchen, as I write, there is a large box of "homemade" pecan brittle by Russell Stover. My, but those little old ladies are busy. You'd think a corporation as big as Russell Stover could find a more efficient and cost-effective way to produce the stuff.

Oh the inhumanity!


The Lazy Iguana said...

It is just marketing.

daveawayfromhome said...

Envelope stuffing is for wimps! Everyone knows the real money is in ponzi soup schemes.

O! The oldladity!

daveawayfromhome said...

Work at home, they said. Cook restaurant meals in the comfort of your own home, they said. Make up to $250 a day, they said.

Lies, all lies.

Carmen T said...

No, sorry. The true phrase WAS "Oh, the humanity...!"

The phrase comes from announcer Herb Morrison's reaction as he watched the Hindenberg crash and burn in NJ in 1937.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Carmen, That may have been a phrase, but it was the wrong one. If this is true, then Herb Morrison misspoke. Anyone who has knowledge of history knows that this was a terrifically shocking moment and people in the press actually broke down into hysterics when they viewed this disaster. I guess Morrison wasn't thinking clearly at the time.

Anatman said...

A favorite of mine: "I could care less."