DELIVER ME FROM EVIL

 

IF FED EX AND UPS WERE TO MERGE, WOULD THEY CALL IT FED UP?

 

What’s so funny about this? In this joke I’m officially introducing the “portmanteau” or new word created by blending the sound, spelling, and or meaning of two or more existing words. Unofficially, I’ve done this before one or two times but without much of an explanation of the process. So now you know. Let’s look at the words I’ve blended. Actually I’ve used the brand names of the two best known private delivery companies in the US, FedEx and UPS. FedEx stands for Federal Express, so by itself it could qualify as a portmanteau word. UPS, looks like it could be pronounced “ups” but the fact that it’s capitalized and a well-known brand means that most people would simply say the three letters U, P & S. They stand for United Parcel Service. “Parcel” is another, older name for “package.” One reason these two companies have been successful is that the USPS, or United States Postal Service, over the years has grown too slow and unreliable with their deliveries. Businesses typically want speedy and reliable delivery and certainly no losses. FedEx and UPS realized that businesses were willing to pay a premium for this kind of service. So even though the USPS is cheaper, in general FedEx and UPS are faster and more reliable. BUT not always. No system is prefect and package deliveries do get lost and/or delayed. When this happens, companies get angry and frustrated because they are being charged a higher price, but still getting lousy service. It’s with this in mind that the joke raises the question that if the two companies merged then certainly the name would have to change as well. The joke suggests the perfect name for such a merger, “Fed Up”. This is a slang expression meaning disgusted and angry. Originally the term was “fed up to the back teeth”. You don’t want to ask what was being fed. And THAT’s what’s so funny!

 
Listen to my audioboo: https://audioboo.fm/boos/1686220-deliver-me-from-evil

DELIVER ME FROM EVIL

 

IF FED EX AND UPS WERE TO MERGE, WOULD THEY CALL IT FED UP?

 

What’s so funny about this? In this joke I’m officially introducing the “portmanteau” or new word created by blending the sound, spelling, and or meaning of two or more existing words. Unofficially, I’ve done this before one or two times but without much of an explanation of the process. So now you know. Let’s look at the words I’ve blended. Actually I’ve used the brand names of the two best known private delivery companies in the US, FedEx and UPS. FedEx stands for Federal Express, so by itself it could qualify as a portmanteau word. UPS, looks like it could be pronounced “ups” but the fact that it’s capitalized and a well-known brand means that most people would simply say the three letters U, P & S. They stand for United Parcel Service. “Parcel” is another, older name for “package.” One reason these two companies have been successful is that the USPS, or United States Postal Service, over the years has grown too slow and unreliable with their deliveries. Businesses typically want speedy and reliable delivery and certainly no losses. FedEx and UPS realized that businesses were willing to pay a premium for this kind of service. So even though the USPS is cheaper, in general FedEx and UPS are faster and more reliable. BUT not always. No system is prefect and package deliveries do get lost and/or delayed. When this happens, companies get angry and frustrated because they are being charged a higher price, but still getting lousy service. It’s with this in mind that the joke raises the question that if the two companies merged then certainly the name would have to change as well. The joke suggests the perfect name for such a merger, “Fed Up”. This is a slang expression meaning disgusted and angry. Originally the term was “fed up to the back teeth”. You don’t want to ask what was being fed. And THAT’s what’s so funny!

 

Listen to my audioboo: https://audioboo.fm/boos/1686220-deliver-me-from-evil

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