Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Sweet Home. Kentucky?

I just saw this spot for KFC where these young turks are hanging out on a stoop with their sidekick-esque things, and these older guys come by and they're all, "back in my day we didn't have hi-tech PDAs and MP3s ... but did we did have KFC! But we called it Kentucky Fried Chicken" -- and the turks offer the old dudes some chicken and everyone's happy and KFC slowly starts to reclaim its old name.

(Woo! When I was traveling through Eastern Europe, I met Colonel Sanders' great-grandson, Chris Sanders, in Prague)

(Woo! Woo! Why is "Colonel" pronounced "Kernel?")

ANYHOODLES -- so, brand relaunch for Kentucky Fried Chicken ... And then they cut to the graphics and the music bed is Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" -- for KENTUCKY Fried Chicken?

They couldn't get "Blue Moon of Kentucky?"


dimlightslittlecity said...

colonel is pronounced kernel just because it's easier for our mouths to form the word like that. The process where a letter becomes an r is called rhotacization, and that's the case in colonel. People actually did say /k^lunl/ up until about a century ago.

mmmmm....KFC macaroni and cheese. *drool*

Anonymous said...

The wonderful movie, “Around the Bend” (2004), has more on the subject matter.