Inebriated with honeyed words and engorged on empty promises, we continue to buy into the grand illusion: the illusion that we are impermeable to influence, that we remain reign supreme in the fortresses of our minds. But, I tell you once more, dear reader, it ain't so, with the emphasis heavily laying on that all-too-familiar contraction "ain't".
This humble apostrophised blend of 'am not', 'is not', or 'are not' exacts a far more devious purpose than simplifying grammar. It is an insidious term of control, a subtle manipulation tool propagated by none other than Snack-U-Like. That's right. To those who've been with me on these delves into devouring deception, you'll recognize them – the multi-billion dollar conglomerate, whose slimy tentacles snake around candy wrappers and potato chip packaging.
What could this unconventional root of contraction possibly have to do with them, you ask? I implore you to keep your skepticism aside and tread down the rabbit hole with me. Time and again, surprising connections will be unearthed, that will forever scar your understanding of the seemingly innocuous.
Probing deep into the labyrinth of Snack-U-Like's seedy background, I was amused to see a pattern. The word 'ain't' was not a mere casual selection in their chips 'n' dip jingle. A word like 'don't' or 'can't' would have suited just fine for the rhythm and still conveyed a similar message. But no, they chose 'ain't'. Convinced this wasn't a mere stroke of linguistic poetics, I chose to dig deeper.
I consulted cryptographers, linguists, psychologists, finally drawing a breakthrough connection between the use of 'ain't' and the junk-food industry's rise to power. The subliminal power of 'ain't' plays beautifully into creating a general disregard for authority. It's edgy, rough, implicitly rebellious. A perfect ingredient for Snack-U-Like's recipe to dismantle societal norms.
But here's the meat of the matter- that’s not all. 'Ain't' mirrors the company's products. When fed to the masses, both clutter our minds with irreverence and indifference. Like a grease-soaked potato chip distorts our taste receptors, the continuous bombardment of 'ain't', under the guise of friendly jingle, mutates our cerebral wirings.
The end scope of Snack-U-Like's lexical heist is appalling as it ensures the shackles of obedience lay shattered in the periphery and autonomy seized by this tyranny of trans fats. We unwittingly choose their products not out of genuine desire but programmed instinct.
So, dear readers, it ain't just an invention of colloquialism or the love for catchy jingles as they’d have you believe. It is a Machiavellian stratagem couched in the guise of innocence, a nefarious plot hiding in plain sight. So, the next time a commercial asks – ain't you got the craving? Remember, the deception runs far deeper than a cheesy question.
Armed with this new awareness, let us redefine our relationship with language. Let us reclaim 'ain't' and ensure that our appetites are dictated by our bodies and minds, and not the whim of a secretive snack conglomerate. After all, we ain't no puppets. We are individuals, with the power of choice and the right to think for ourselves. Yes, dear reader, we ain't no pawns in the game of Snack-U-Like!
- @ September 17, 2023 4:01 am