As you go about your daily business, how often does the written word catch your eye? Whether it’s advertisements, store signs, menus or what have you, are you always “analyzing” the way something is worded?
And it may not even be that you put that much thought into the verbiage, but your mind just sort of automatically processes the word or phrase. It’s either just the wordsmith in me or I may be in the minority.
But despite my love for words, one thing I have not seen is this so-called Supermarket Scrabble hitting Hawaii stores yet (or one reason could be I haven’t been shopping much lately). How about any of you?
Supermarket Scrabble puts rude words on shelves
Facebook users are said to be making life difficult for supermarket staff — by constantly rearranging stock on the shelves to spell out rude words.
Known as Supermarket Scrabble the game has become a hit on the social networking site with users competing to see who can create the most offensive words.
Typical examples see people rearranging jars of spices and herbs to spell words like “cock,” “tits” and “boobs” — then taking a photo that is uploaded to Facebook.
But supermarket staff say the popularity of the game is making life hell for them as they’re constantly having to put the letters back — unless they can come up with something ruder themselves.
The hit game was created by Andy Wright from Jarrow in Tyne & Wear, who says he was shopping for spices when he accidentally created the word “COCK” and was tickled by it (so to speak), so he snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook.
Since that fateful incident, the popularity of Supermarket Scrabble has boomed and other people all around the world have started playing the game and posting their own images.
“Supermarket shopping can be so boring, I thought they could do with some lightening up,” the 38-year-old told Newslite.
“I have been an avid reader of VIZ magazine since 1986, and a regular contributor to “Roger’s Profanisorus” page. I suppose that’s where I get my puerile sense of humor.”
Wright says he’s not yet been caught creating the profanities by supermarket staff, but his mom did once see him taking a photo of something he’d rearranged to spell “SEX POT BUM” and wasn’t too impressed.
So do you think some people have too much time on their hands or they’re just having a little fun? Are you the type that would be seriously offended by seeing an obscene word spelled out with bottles of spices at your local Safeway or would you see the humor in it?
Has anyone seen other clever or prank-type incidents at the supermarket?
If you plan to play some Supermarket Scrabble anytime soon, be sure to spell out ODDS AND ENDS!
Oh yeah, if any of you play Words With Friends on the iPhone, be sure to find me at @ShaunaGoya!
O&E ODD image of the day: