KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8627 posts, RR: 5 Posted (2 years 10 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2363 times:
Quote: An advertising campaign from a New Zealand company telling customers to swap their "ginger children" for ginger beer has been criticised on social media.
A media release from Hakanoa Handmade Ginger Beer yesterday gave "unfortunate" parents with red-haired children the opportunity to exchange them for ginger beer, starting today and running until the end of August.
Is this really worth getting peoples backs up over. I have two ginger kids, and a blond one, it doesn't worry me. What I don't get it that it's ok to take the piss out of blond's but for some reason people are far more sensitive about ginger kids!
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13387 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2136 times:
Quoting type-rated (Reply 6): It's a British thing. I've heard people say "Prince Harry is so nice, too bad he's a ginger." For some reason red hair is not popular in the UK.
Only in the same way that strong regional accents can be a source of amusement, or that anyone here in, to borrow the title of the 2012 Opening Ceremony, these Isles Of Wonder , with a strong rural accent is of course liable to 'worry sheep'.
Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5): You wouldn't get many gingers in Portugal would you?
He should come to the UK then, I heard somewhere that the highest number of them per population is here, not stereotypically Ireland, though a fair proportion might be in Scotland!
The term actually refers to letting your dog or any other animal chase or otherwise disturb someone else's flock of sheep, it's illegal.
However, coming from the Isles Of Innuendo it can used as a euphemism for.......unspeakable things!
Recently, a group of our apprentices did a charity trek up Mt Snowdon, I asked one of them how it went, she told me that 'some of the boys chased some sheep', after pointing out it's illegal we had a laugh when speculating how embarrassing it could be from them to have a conviction for 'Sheep Worrying' with all the deliberate 'misunderstanding' they'd be subjected to.
As for our friends down under, well an Aussie/Kiwi could always joke 'what do you call a sheep in Australia/New Zealand?
Q. A leisure centre!