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Thursday, July 23, 2009

$9 Teefury: SILENT E

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We've all heard the phrase, "there's a fine line between love and hate." Tonight's shirt, "SILENT E," by etherbrian, takes this literally, and to the extreme. The design also discusses a major cork in the English language. You guessed it, my friends: the silent E.

At first glance, this t-shirt might look like nothing more than red and blue designs on a black shirt. It reminds me of one of those optical illusion pictures that were popular in the 90s. The ones you had to stare at a completely colored-in area, and squint until you could see the picture behind the picture. I was never able to get those. So I'm not surprised that it took me actually looking at what the author had to write about his design, in order to see the words, "love," and "hate," intermingled with one another.

People might argue that there are no similarities between these two emotions. This design seems to refute that idea. There may be a fine line, or no line at all. In fact, these two words, though they are polar opposites have one important letter in common.

The "e." Without this letter, neither word could exist. And, as the title points out, in both cases the "e" falls silent.

Honestly, I don't think you could find two words that are either intimately connected, complementary, and different, all at the same time.

What are your thoughts?
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