English is a living, evolving language.
On the other hand, grassroots leaders who
get arrowed volunteer to be banner designers and copywriters are living and growing old, unfortunately aren't evolving fast enough.
As a result of this retarded evolution process, they use the word "cum" on banners placed all over heartland areas — thinking it is an okay thing to do — promoting wholesome activities that inadvertently only elicit sniggers.
The most recent case in point: mrbrown shared before-and-after photos of a banner promoting "Yuhua Sports Day cum 3 on 3 Grace Fu Cup".
After the first photo made the rounds on social media on June 7, where it was roundly mocked, "cum" was removed and replaced with an ampersand:
"Cum", as it is understood by Gen X and earlier-generation grassroots types, is a Latin word meaning "combined with", or simply, "and".
More power to them, because here are our favourite grassroots banners:
Ok, this last one doesn't make sense at all:
Top photo via mrbrown
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