Saturday, January 3, 2009

Work-related: "Slut glitter"

You may be asking yourself what "slut glitter" is and why I would be posting about it. Well. It's an inside joke at work, which derives from one day prior to Christmas when I went into the workroom to do something or other and was confronted with a lot of assorted flower shop stuff. Glittery sticks, and gold-painted pine cones, shiny balls of unnatural substances and that kind of thing. The explanation was that large planters were being put together as outdoor Christmas decoration for some local business or another (I forget which), and there wasn't enough room in the flower shop, so it all got moved into my space. Which was fine: it was temporary.

Looking through the stuff, though, I noticed this can:


which I swear to gods I read the first time as "Slut Glitter." That "G" is particularly ambiguous, please note.

So I shared this with the flower shop guy who was assembling the planters, and we had a good chuckle over it, speculating on when and how a product like "slut glitter" might be properly used, and what happens when the quantity of glitter is insufficient, and so on, and then the observation that the product is actually "Glue for Glitter," and that that translates even more hilariously, set it all off again, and it was a fun day. And that was, as far as I was concerned, pretty much the end of it, but I'm told that this has taken on a life of its own now, and that not only have co-workers taken to calling it that (one co-worker who was not yet in on the joke, hesitantly, to the flower shop: "I'm supposed to ask for some . . . 'slut glitter?'"), but the story has been shared with the occasional customer as well and so my contribution to the running joke supply of the business would appear to be assured.

None of which would have been possible without the graphic designer whose "G" was just a little on the ambiguous side. So thank you, graphic designer, and I hope they use your design forever.


5 comments:

Wicked Gardener said...

Ah! That's really funny! I want Slut Glitter!!!

Kim said...

I see how it happened, and I understand. I do it all the time. Good post for a laugh - thanks.

lancetx said...

I've seen a few people wearing slut glitter, I just didn't know it came in a spray can.

perennialgardener said...

Thanks for the chuckle! ;)

Village Green said...

Somebody gave me a little pine tree in a plastic pot that was all tarted up with plastic shiny things. I took it home and liberated it from the Xmas crap, but it still has little bits of glitter stuck to its needles. "Slut glitter" describes it perfectly. I suppose these things were intended to be temporary holiday table settings that end up in the trash, but I couldn't do that to a living plant. It is now living under the gro-lights. I'm hoping the glitter eventually falls off.