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It’s A Conspiracy!!

August 4, 2009

Just what is going on?!!

For years and years, a product was what it was…and you knew where you were with it. If a manufacturer wanted a different version…it got called something else. Simple, yes?

So why do they have to keep changing things but keep the name the same? It’s not the original product is it, it’s something else entirely!!  Just look at Special K and Mini cars! 

Then there’s the other side of the coin…take a product and keep changing the name!! Why?!! What is the point? To confuse the customer? It’s working! But not only is the customer confused, the catalogues and store that sell the items are, too…

Briefs Take a simple pair of ladies knickers…they used to be just that. Panties, knickers, briefs…call ‘em what you will, they were the same thing. There were big ‘uns for Granny and skimpies for the young lady, plus sexy French Knickers. Then they bought out theG-string G-string (now just called Strings),  Thongs, and now there are Shorts. Then cami-knickers ended up being called a teddy. What?! Thong

Sounds straight-forward does it not? But wait…what is this? A pair of Briefs being called Shorts? What look like clingy Shorts being called Briefs? A Thong being called a String? Who’s confused?!!

Shorts      Hipster briefs


Buckle shoes Now the boots and shoes in my latest catalogue have joined in…more substantial shoes are being called ankle bootsAnkle boots ….and even court shoes, court shoes are now called pumps, pumps are now being called ballerinas, plimsolls are being called trainers, and some chunky pull-on shoes are being called loafers.  I thought Loafers were the moccasin-style shoes that have been popular since the 30, 40s or 50s onwards.

Court Shoes


Pumps   Plimsolls Trainers

What’s in a name, eh…?!!!

66 Comments leave one →
  1. ROCKET permalink
    August 4, 2009 10:19 pm

    WOO-HOO!! I mean ROOARRRR!!!!! No, no, I was right the first time; WOO-HOO!!

  2. Curiosity permalink
    August 4, 2009 10:26 pm

    Oh! get with the times like y\’know!

  3. ROCKET permalink
    August 4, 2009 10:32 pm

    Like WOO-HOO!!! Cha!

  4. Sandi permalink
    August 4, 2009 10:33 pm

    OK, OK…so, like, I need a new pair of bananas \’cos the soles on my old ones have worn through, like, y\’know…and…y\’know…I saw this really cool, er,…y\’know…like…!

  5. Sandi permalink
    August 4, 2009 10:35 pm

    Like…DUDE! Take your blood-pressure meds, OK…like…Cor…anyone woud think he ain\’t seen girl\’s knickers before!!

  6. Curiosity permalink
    August 4, 2009 10:38 pm

    Like now you\’re talking like, know what I mean like.Hey! What is that big lizard like, oogling up the booty on this page….I think he like like like very much!!!

  7. ROCKET permalink
    August 4, 2009 10:40 pm

    Somethin\’ strange is goin\’ on here….I don\’t feel like my old self ROOOOAARRRR WOO-HOO OOOOARRRRR!!!

  8. Curiosity permalink
    August 4, 2009 10:44 pm

    Sandi…I think your pics have made a man of the old dinosaur!

  9. ROCKET permalink
    August 4, 2009 10:48 pm

    Hulk feel funny!

  10. Curiosity permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:05 pm

    A lot of it going about!

  11. Sandi permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:10 pm

    Now I\’m…er…like…GREEN with envy, like, y\’know…!!

  12. Sandi permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:11 pm

    This puts a whole new slant on \’going Green\’…LOL!!

  13. Curiosity permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:14 pm

    Always did tell my Mum that if I ate all my Greens I would turn green!

  14. ROCKET permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:17 pm

    Moi, change? Ridiculous!

  15. ROCKET permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:19 pm


  16. Curiosity permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:23 pm

    Night night everyone……..sleep tight, don\’t let the green bugs bite!

  17. ROCKET permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:35 pm

    Snort….grumble…..roooaarrr…..night, night.WOO-HOO!

  18. Sandi permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:38 pm


  19. simon permalink
    August 5, 2009 12:04 am

    When a brand does not engender loyalty (as was the consumer product aim in the 50\’s/60\’s). Then a slight change of product requires a new branding. Consumers today are perceived to buy for change. So variations are encouraged with the need of supporting marketing \’as a change\’. It\’s the collusion of selling to the appetite (for change) and also generating appetite (for product) – so yes a conspiracySo – you don\’t fancy a change then Sandi?

  20. Bob permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:22 am

    Interesting thing on knickers, but you forgot Tangas…And as for Thongs/Strings, why don\’t they just call them Anal Floss and be done with it?

  21. Princess permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:34 am

    Yo Sandi! Good Morning! Laughing at Bob\’scomment below "Anal Floss"!! ROFL!!! Hope u have a GreatDay 2day,Luv PF XXX

  22. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:40 am

    These days, brand loyalty is impossible when they keep changing the brand!!!

  23. Curiosity permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:43 am

    Perfect description Bob, but hardly condusive (have I spelt that right, don\’t think I have ever written it before?!) to the sexy image Thongs supposedly conjure up.

  24. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:43 am

    Hey, PF, you missed the \’Green party\’ last night…ne\’mind. It\’s peeing down with rain here, and we are off to Sutton-in-Ashfield, for my appointment with the specialist, real soon…luvverly…!!

  25. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:45 am

    Thongs may be sexy on skinny birds, but for the rest of womankind they are a means of avoiding the dreaded…VPL!!!

  26. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:46 am

    VPL = Picasso arse!

  27. Curiosity permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:46 am

    That big lump of green lizardy sluggy thing must have a screw loose but what a hero, he is the one to save the planet for us!! hooray!!!Are your nerves a jangling about the appt. or you just pleased to be getting put right. Hope all goes well. xx

  28. Eileen permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:54 am

    Lol… I\’m not saying a word.. but I will say I rather like shorts and you forgot the T string (to wear under low cut jeans) nothing worse than bending over and showing the world your knickers!Good luck today Sandi hope it all goes well :o)<< goes off thinking to herself how much she likes them boots >>

  29. Curiosity permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:01 am

    Eileen, it is not stylish lovely boots you need but big ol\’ green rubber wellies to get out in that garden with and transform it into a little paradise on earth!

  30. Eileen permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:07 am

    In this weather?! HahahahahahahahahahahaI need the big old green wellies just to get to work!!I\’m hoping the weather will change for the last week in August so I can get out there (woohoo 2 weeks off work and not to be spent being ill I\’m hoping)

  31. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:07 am

    Eileen, do you mean the proper shorts…as in boxer-style…or the briefs that are being called shorts…?!T-string? I thought girls liked showing their knickers…well, they do here…!!!! Eeeew!!

  32. Bob permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:08 am

    I don\’t know, Eileen; there is something to be said for checking out a nice rear end complete with the undies peeping over the waistband…Anne; mmm, wellies…

  33. Eileen permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:12 am

    Ok so we know Bob likes his girls in green wellies and their undies showing!Bob, maybe if they are nice undies.. but some of the things girls wear are only fit for the bin!

  34. Curiosity permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:13 am

    Weather is good here.Bob, I have the opposite effect, it is my rear that peeps out (bulges) -who said that!- from the waistband and wherever else offers an escape from the confines of tight jeans that supposedly hold it all in!

  35. Eileen permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:15 am

    Shorts as in briefs I suppose except they are more short shape then knicker shape. And most girls here show their knickers off here too.

  36. Eileen permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:49 am

    I wish it was good here :o( It\’s warm yes but it\’s tipping it down also so I\’m still in boots in August! It\’s wrong I say, wrong! I should be wearing sandals not flipping boots :\'(

  37. Natalia permalink
    August 5, 2009 10:34 am

    Morning Sandi,Having read your blog the song " Strings(Fings) ain\’t wot they used to be" is now rumbling around in the old grey matter. I\’m an avid fan of granny pants, as for showing them off………. Self explanitory really?? ;o) For some reason I missed your blog update. :oS xx

  38. Curiosity permalink
    August 5, 2009 1:57 pm

    How did you get on at the docs this morning?

  39. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 2:14 pm

    Natalia, I posted this blog last nigt…update might have been drowned out by your other friends updates…?Well, specialist was happy with how things had proceeded, and with the dosage that my (new) doc had put me on, saying that he was happy to leave me in the hands of the family doc, now. He gave me the form to take along to their resident vampire, so that he could have my blood test results in a day or two to make sure dose was right, then he would be able to adjust accordingly. So, no more trips to Sutton-in-Ashfield…yay!! Can I go back to bed, now…?!Other years have seen all the rain-fall concentrated into a few short days or couple of weeks…this year it\’s well spread out..over the whole of summer, it seems!! No one knows what to wear, as it can be cold or wet in the morning, and swealtering hot by the afternoon…or vice-versa!! (YAWN)

  40. Eileen permalink
    August 5, 2009 2:20 pm

    Glad docs went well.. It\’s blue sky and sunshine now here!All the seasons in one day me thinks

  41. Curiosity permalink
    August 5, 2009 2:39 pm

    Glad all is on track re the meds Sandi.Tooooo hot to be in garden, keep trying to go out there but get beaten back in by the heat, honestly. Am sweltering!

  42. Deb's permalink
    August 5, 2009 3:01 pm

    It\’s enough to drive you potty, one of my pet peeves is ankle boots n skirts, unless its a long skirt – and the victorian style (granny boot) as we used ot call \’em, but the knickers debate, gets me in a twist… I try to ignore the names altogether…lolglad to hear you had a positive experience with your doc… and that you\’re doing well on the meds, hope your mum is on the mend toolove n hugsdebsxXx

  43. Eileen permalink
    August 5, 2009 3:12 pm

    Ankle boots and skirts? nah knee high boots with skirts! ankle boots with trousers!

  44. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 3:35 pm

    I agree…ankle boots and skirts look a bit dippy…unless they are the lace-up \’granny\’ boots…I used to wear them…went with the costume when I worked at the museum. Talking of museums, I really haven\’t felt up to visiting any of the others or carrying on with my \’armchair tours\’ for a while…maybe when the weather improves…?!

  45. Eileen permalink
    August 5, 2009 3:47 pm

    It\’s not long and you\’ll be in full costume parading around Bath!!!

  46. Samuel J permalink
    August 5, 2009 4:43 pm

    Unless you are in to that new "Goth" look….where they wear the short, short skirts and the ankle boots…..not me!!! We have these undies called "Boy shorts"…If I wanted boy shorts….I\’d shop in the boys section..ewwwwww! Bad thing is, you don\’t know how they are going to fit or feel until you pay for them and get them home!! I have a drawer of "rejects"….Don\’t like the thongs, g-strings, t-straps….they like to hide in the crack of my granny butt…..Don\’t like "picking my seat" when I\’m not in the movies….::Man, do I like them boots! they would like really nice with the Apple Bottom Jeans!::

  47. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:15 pm

    Gotta get sewing…!!! I bought a new pair of pumps to go with the costume,,,have now worn them in and got them comfortable.and the sole has split from side to side!! Back to the shop with them!!!

  48. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:18 pm

    I\’ve got a generous butt, so a thong is the only way of avoiding a Picasso-arse!! (I\’m not going to wear so-called \’control briefs\’ that are supposed to hold you in…no thank you!!)

  49. Curiosity permalink
    August 5, 2009 8:33 pm

    Control briefs are awful. I think my butt is going to be chair shaped if I don\’t get of this pc and do something constructive, oooo but I have had some fun!

  50. Sandi permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:22 pm

    Am very tired, just reading through all the blogs…going to bed early for once. Nighty night peeps. Be good…XXX

  51. ROCKET permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:26 pm

    Good night, Sandi!

  52. Curiosity permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:31 pm

    night night.

  53. Cornish permalink
    August 6, 2009 12:52 pm

    Night all …………………… oh hang on, it\’s lunch time. Just dropping by to say a cheery hi and drop off the odd hug or two. Take care Sandi. xx

  54. Sandi permalink
    August 6, 2009 1:09 pm

    Darn…I\’m 15 mins behind Rachel…!

  55. Sandi permalink
    August 6, 2009 8:25 pm

    Phew! The boss was in today…at work. I have just found out that two of my girls nearly walked out on Friday because of the young lady in Facilities and her heavy-handed attitude!! (It\’s a wonder she can get around with that HUGE chip on her shoulder!!!)

  56. Curiosity permalink
    August 6, 2009 8:32 pm

    Seems like no shortage of irritating people at that place. Just get shot of one pain in a**e and another takes the reins!

  57. Mike permalink
    August 6, 2009 8:47 pm

    Hiya Sandi…. i\’ve not actually being \’threatened\’ by Rachel (yet) but it\’s herbirthday soon and i think she\’d quite happily sleep right through it! 🙂 xxx

  58. Sandi permalink
    August 6, 2009 9:03 pm

    This particular pain in the arse has been there longer than me, but since her bos left, she has been coming the big \’I am\’ over us more and more…and now she is acting more like a dictator than ever! I think that, this time, she has over-stepped the mark somewhat!!

  59. Sandi permalink
    August 6, 2009 9:13 pm

    Sorry, Mike…Rachel\’s birthday….hmmmm… We won\’t let her sleep right through it though, will we…!!!!Mwaahahahahahahah…ahem…!

  60. Sandi permalink
    August 6, 2009 10:01 pm

    Though you\’d better watch out for Rachel\’s knockers…they\’re very big, apparently…!!

  61. Mike permalink
    August 6, 2009 10:28 pm

    Yeah, so i\’ve seen……………………….like you i\’m refering to her comment over Eileen\’s! :-)I should be safe tonight, she\’ll go to bed with a smile having oggled that Mentalist geezer……but tomorrow may be a different story, so i\’m staying stum on \’that\’ subject! 🙂 xxx

  62. Sandi permalink
    August 7, 2009 12:41 am


  63. Sandi permalink
    August 8, 2009 12:59 am

    A couple of us, at work, had a lightbulb moment today…Her, in Facilities who thinks that she is Queen Bee, who accuses US of making HER look stupid (she can manage that all by herself!), who talks down to us when ordering us about, then \’power stomps\’ about the office…her body language is defensive (arms folded across her body) when she comes to issue her \’orders\’! OK…! So do I adopt a \’superior\’ stance next time…?! I\’ve got me some body language studying to do this weekend…hehehe!! (I\’ve finally found a weapon to use against her…at last!!!)

  64. Curiosity permalink
    August 8, 2009 7:32 am

    When she talks to you, appear to be discreet but slightly turn your head as you furrow your brow, look back at her and fumble in your bag/pocket and then offer her a mint. It will completely throw her off course, nobody likes to think they may have bad breath. This tactic worked wonders when I had bothersome customers in the pub.

  65. Princess permalink
    August 8, 2009 8:42 am

    ROFL!!! Love Curiosity\’s advice!!! U\’ll have 2 let us know if it works!! Hope u have a FAB Day 2day, the sun\’s out & it\’s looking like another gorgeous one! 2 WHOLE days in a row, this is getting 2 much! Luv PF XXX

  66. Sandi permalink
    August 8, 2009 12:40 pm

    Our day started off wet, yesterday, but ended up being beautiful…like this morning, so it might end up being wet this evening…who knows!LOL! That sounds just like the sort of thing that our previous boss would have done.

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