Superdry. When I hear the word ‘superdry’, I think of nappies. Don’t you?
Of course, there’s the clothing company with the same name, and they like sticking their logo on their clothes, as clothing companies do. Thanks to this clothing company, I was sprung. Properly sprung. Here’s how.
Walking in Annecy yesterday, a girl five metres in front was wearing some loose shorts with a massive ‘SUPERDRY’ logo plastered across both cheeks. Their bagginess just added to my nappy thoughts. The shorts themselves were yellow.
I commented in English to my friend: “See, those shorts say to me ‘Look, I haven’t peed my pants’.”
The girl wearing the faux nappies looked around at me then looked away. Her look wasn’t angry. Maybe she hadn’t understood. Maybe it was coincidence that she looked so soon after my comment. But maybe it wasn’t. I just don’t know.
What did occur to me is that it’s all very easy to chat in an alternative language and forget that others around might also understand. Here are a few anecdotes:
- A French friend in Australia was on a train while two other French girls discussed her clothes and style. When she stood for her stop, she said in French that they weren’t the only two people in the world who spoke French. The two girls were speechless.
- Swimming in the La Clusaz pool a few years ago, two English women talked loudly about their racy sex lives (far too racy to detail here), giving their partners’ names and listing their favourite sexual acts in the process. I was tempted to ask them for the time when they paused but did another lap instead.
Have you ever been sprung or sprung someone else?