And that post title? Is not hyperbole. Nor is it irony. I really am not making this up.
So, I’m home for a week-long visit in Cooterville. I mean, the kids and I are staying withy my parents in Cooterville, but we’re visiting all around the area since we lived roughly 30 minutes south of here before we became gypsies.
Is that politically incorrect? To refer to ourselves as gypsies since we’ve moved twice in the past two years? I don’t know. Figure it’s better than calling us migrant workers, though, technically, we have migrated for work.
The point is, we’re in Cooterville. As you may or may not remember, there was a friendly kerfuffle on my blog some time back about the meaning of the root word for the name of my home town (Cooter). I supposed the kerfuffle wasn’t actually on my blog. I guess I was the only one who was really kerfuffled, because people! I had no idea. Honestly. I just thought it referred to that friend/cousin/mechanic/whatever-he-was guy on The Dukes of Hazard. Remember him? Cooter?
If you don’t remember that episode on my blog, or if you are new to my blog and, like I was, are completely unaware of the other meaning for the term “cooter,” then you need to go read the first ten or so comments on this post, and then read this post.
Seriously, you must understand what the word means to some (many), or what I am about to tell you will not have the same impact.
Today, as I was driving down a street in Cooterville, there was a pickup truck in front of me (I think it was a pickup, though now I wouldn’t swear to in a court of law, because, people! I was so distracted by the bumper sticker) that was sporting a bumper sticker which read, “I ❤ V@gin@s.”
So in case it doesn’t come out right on the blog post, the little < 3 thing means “heart,” but it’s supposed to make a heart graphic, not spell out the word. And if you can’t figure out why I used @ twice in that last bumper sticker word, then please go away. You probably also think the word “yanks*” needs an apostrophe even when you’re using it in the plural rather than the possessive form.
And that last paragraph just ruins the impact of the whole paragraph above it.
Anyway, seriously?????? Who puts a bumper sticker like that on their vehicle? Is there some other meaning for that word of which I am unaware? Is there some larger cultural joke at play here? Or have the Cootervillians** just started taking the whole thing a little too seriously?
And George, since you’re out there somewhere, Tewt the Newt would like you to start checking your darn Facebook messages.
*As in “Yankees” (you know, northerners).
**Cooterville is not the real name of the town, just what I call it on the blog. But people! I’m not even joking when I say I’ve seen houses in this town that have the rebel flag hanging in place of curtains. If Bo and Luke Duke were going to leave Kentucky, they would settle here. Actually, I think maybe they already have.