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Friday, August 8, 2008

It’s “Fronkensteen”

posted by on August 8 at 15:20 PM

Eric Grandy proclaimed this week that copy editors are a violently uptight bunch. While this may or may not be true, this sign in the Value Village window is bothering me.


1. Frankenstein is the DOCTOR, not the monster. I doubt this text is saying what they want it to.

2. It is August! Let me enjoy the summer and not be thinking about Halloween already!

That is all.

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Halloween is right around the corner. Oh how the days go by.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 8, 2008 3:25 PM

Also, what the hell is that supposed to mean? While they're hiring a new copy editor, they should look for a writer, too.

Posted by Aaron Huffman | August 8, 2008 3:33 PM

Wouldn't that be "Froderic", then?

Posted by Mr. X | August 8, 2008 3:38 PM

#2, it means your Frankenstein costume isn't going to make itself.

Posted by w7ngman | August 8, 2008 3:39 PM

You need to have your costume now, so you'll have time for Christmas shopping come October 31st.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 8, 2008 3:43 PM

One of the benefits of growing old is finding out that one day a terrific burden will be lifted from your shoulders and you will no longer give a flying fuck if people call the monster Frankenstein or not.

Posted by Fnarf | August 8, 2008 3:51 PM

If the monster's last name wasn't Frankenstein, then what was it? No last name? Was he just Adam, like Sting or Bono? They didn't do that in the 19th century did they? And wouldn't it have been lame even if they did? So why can't you call him by his last name?

Posted by elenchos | August 8, 2008 4:18 PM

Spectacular costumes require planning now.

Posted by Catman | August 8, 2008 4:23 PM

Elenchos: he didnt' have a name. He was "monster." He didn't have a first or last name and Frankenstein was the name of the man who created him. In a sense I suppose you could call him Frankenstein's Monster but giving him a name at all is kind of missing the point of the novel.
I suppose the proper use of that in the VV campaign would be to say "You monster costume is not going to make itself," but "monster" being a very broad concept in regards to Halloween, it would lose its punch.

I knew my English degree would come in handy someday.

Posted by smp | August 8, 2008 4:46 PM

My son told me today he wants to be Dr. Who for Halloween, the current one, not Tom Baker even though Tom Baker is the 2nd coolest Dr. Who (his words, not mine). How the hell do I turn a 7 year old kid into the new Dr. Who? Well, at least he's given me a head start so I won't be scrambling on October 30th to put something together...

Posted by PopTart | August 8, 2008 4:57 PM


Do you know how to tell if the Negroes should be called African Americans? Ask them.

The monster called himself Adam. His name is therefore Adam. And if a drunk in a trailer park can sleep with a hooker, father a child he never meets, and the child gets drunk's last name, then Adam's last name is Frankenstein.

Some English degrees are better than others, doncha know.

Posted by elenchos | August 8, 2008 5:03 PM

I don't care what they say: vonce a Fronkenstein, alvaays a Fronkenstein....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 8, 2008 5:18 PM

He was unnamed for a reason and Frankenstein created him but he was by no means his son. He was monster. A creation, or by his own admission - a monster.
But in that regards, Frankenstein was more of a monster than Monster was. Monster just wanted to eat berries with a female companion. He was lonely and sad. Frankenstein was a maniac.

Posted by smp | August 8, 2008 5:37 PM

smp, you're just regurgitating the standard interpretation that they feed everyone in college. Read it again with an open mind.

Posted by elenchos | August 8, 2008 6:14 PM

So was the bride of Frankenstein named Eve? And shouldn't the title of the movie have been the Bride of Frankenstein's Monster?

Posted by RainMan | August 8, 2008 6:48 PM

College? More like 9th grade.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 8, 2008 6:49 PM

@15: Dr. Frankenstein's bride (or fiance, I can't remember which) figures in the sequel, too. So yeah, it's confusing.

Maybe there's no problem with the sign - t's saying you need the right tools to be a mad scientist.

Posted by iflurry | August 8, 2008 8:41 PM

what hump?

Posted by Abby....Abby Normal | August 8, 2008 10:14 PM

elenchos, Fnarf, et. al, I'm surprised you got it so wrong.

The word "Frankensteins" in this context is referring to the brand.

The monster was made by Frankenstein and is often referred to as "The Frankenstein Monster." The monster's NAME is not Frankenstein, the monster IS a Frankenstein.

Like a Prius is a Toyota.

So there shouldn't be any argument about the monster's name, whether you like to examine the original text or like to take the easy way out.

(I have to say that I expected more from the Slog.)

Posted by Stolia | August 8, 2008 11:52 PM

i always honk when i drive by fronk.

Posted by vern | August 9, 2008 1:50 AM

walk this way

Posted by dawicksta | August 9, 2008 6:56 AM

A good copy editor would ban "That is all." (and "I'm just sayin'")

Posted by Postum | August 9, 2008 9:55 AM

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