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Feb 24 2017

Happy Friday!

When I worked in cable TV, back in the nineties and early noughties, I spent some time working with Little Jo – so called because her name was Jo… and she was quite short.

Little Jo had a similar sense of humour to me and we got on quite well as a result.

One day – a Friday, it so happens – she wished me a good morning as I came into the office. “Happy Friday!” I replied back. She laughed and the following week we both greeted each other with “Happy Friday!”. And the next. And the next. It became a bit of a thing.

Nowadays, I often hear people say it in the office and I’ve heard it said on the telly, and I wonder whether I actually coined that phrase and it spread through people hearing Jo and I say it way back then. Because back then, it wasn’t a phrase at all.

Could have happened.

All phrases and sayings probably start with one person saying it and then it spreads, so maybe it propagated through Jo and I saying it to each other and to others. Who knows?

Similarly, I am old enough to remember when Diet Coke became a big thing in the UK, all them years ago.  And I can remember feeling quite pleased with myself when a barmaid asked if I wanted normal coke or the new diet coke. “Diet? I don’t want anything that’s diet”, I said, with more than a little indignation. “I’ll have the full-fat coke please”.  And she laughed and then I heard her mention it to a fellow barmaid.

Again, most everyone calls it ‘full-fat’ nowadays. And whilst the logical jump between ‘diet’ and ‘full-fat’ is a simple one that many people could have made around the same time, I like to think that maybe, just maybe – even though it’s unlikely – that that’s one of mine too.

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  1. Dave

    When I worked with my dad he was marketing an ifem called a Jenny-Can, a sort of refillable aerosol. The name, which was ridiculous, couldn’t be changed because the inventor had named it after his wife and that was that. I was just messing about with it one day and came up with the slogan, “if any can can, a Jenny-Can can”. There were a couple of other guys there who were from my dads biggest client. Cannon. Might be a coincidence but a few months later they had a new slogan – “if anyone can, Cannon can”. Hmmmm!

    1. Masher

      Exactly!
      But you will never know whether it was a coincidence or not.

      1. Dave

        I was going to ask them directly but my Dad said not to. That was no coincidence, I was robbed! 🙂

  2. Toffeeapple

    You will always wonder about it won’t you?

    1. Masher

      Yes.

  3. Brennig

    What’s diet?

    1. Masher

      DIET

      [dahy-it]

      1. food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health:
      2. a particular selection of food, especially as designed or prescribed to improve a person’s physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease:
      3. such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight:
      4. the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group:

      1. Brennig

        Yes, but what’s a diet?

        1. Masher

          *sighs* internally.

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