What comes to your mind when I write "strange fruit?"
An African horned cucumber?
Or a lynching? I think of lynchings. The Billie Holiday song is too firmly etched in my mind, and I don't think I'm the only one. When I googled "strange fruit" this is what I got:
So when I saw this headline ad at the bottom of a news page I was reading, I was taken aback. Tacky tacky tacky. I can only hope the copy writer in question is clueless. Like maybe it's a term this person knows is a popular culture term, but doesn't really know why, and so applied it unconsciously, thinking it pithy and eye-catching. Cause if the person used it to be pithy and eye catching on purpose, then I will need to hurl.
How about weird fruit? Exotic fruit? Any of those headlines is stupid, however, because (besides their possible ethnocentricism) we're talking about a frikking mango. And be it from Africa or my back yard, I refuse to believe it has magical weight loss powers.
I'd like to try that cucumber, though.