“It’s different, but it’s not a hen”

That’s what the fox says in the Old Speckled Hen beer ads on the Dave comedy channel.

It’s also what my friend Helen said about almost everything we saw when we visited Venice together. She even said it about her chicken dinner, to which I replied: “Well, actually, it *is* a hen.”

How we laughed!

An object lesson in how powerfully ad-speak can infiltrate ordinary language.

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