Saturday, May 24, 2008

"I Eat Crips!"

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a message circulating within a disability advocates group about a food company in the United Kingdom marketing a product called "Crips."

I couldn't resist corresponding with the company, and I received a generous reply ... and today I received a sampling of their products, plus a keychain and a yo-yo.

I love Shakespeare -- ah, Henry rallying his men upon Saint Crispin's Day. I've followed Dick Francis over hundreds of steeplechase jumps. And, of course, the Beatles.

But we are as Sir Winston noted our link through blood and history, but he also borrowed from Shaw to say "England and America are two countries separated by a common language."

I am a Presley, most probably a Priestly before fleeing the manor or a high sheriff on that sceptre'd isle, and so I chose to eat for my first Crips the "salt and vinegar" variety.

Tasty ...


Ruth D~ said...

So . . . what do they call crips, the wheelchair variety, in England?

Ross Eldridge said...

Hi Gary:

I've not come across the CRIPS comestibles on our shelves yet, but I will have a look.

Must say, I've never heard potato chips, which we call crisps, called crips by anyone, local or foreign, before.

I have to wonder if there's a "gang connection" with the name, to make it attractive to the crowd that might like that sort of thing ... In which case, I recommend that the manufacturers have spicy tomato crisps called "Bluds" (Bloods & Spuds) as a follow-up.

Think I may stick with my salted pistachios which I can get by the sackload at Sainsbury's for ... compared to the USA ... a song.

Ross Eldridge said...

Hi Ruth ... In Cockney Rhyming Slang, "Raspberry Ripple" equals "Cripple". Here are the top ten Cockney Rhyming Slang terms related to disabilities.

Mutton Jeff = Deaf.

Canary Wharf = dwarf.

Cardinal Wolsey = cerebral palsy.

Raspberry Ripple = cripple.

Rubber and plastic = spastic.

Tulips and roses = multiple sclerosis.

Bacon rind = blind.

Diet Pepsi = epilepsy.

Benny and the Jets = Tourettes.

Wasps and bees = amputee.

However, I cannot say that I've heard of the term that "crips" use for their condition here ... or even what others might use for someone, for example, in a wheelchair.