Ebay brush descriptions

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by John Ruschmeyer, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    I love the way eBay sellers, particularly the Chinese ones, pack adjectives into listing titles. I saw this one a few minutes ago:

    "Portable men's Soft Hair Beard Brush Badger Hair Shave Razor Bristle Barber Tool"​

    Portable? As opposed to what? The old room-filling console brushes?
  2. Paul76

    Paul76 Well-Known Member

    Due to the vicious nature of a badger, they must be sedated before they become portable or suitable for shaving use. 5A83EA73-B33F-4DE9-824C-AA6432372310.jpeg
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2018
  3. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    No argument there!

    I think you have to be of a certain age, though, to appreciate the word "portable" and how it use to imply that something weighed less than 20 pounds (10kg?) and had a handle ("for easy carrying").
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  4. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

    on the surface it does seem odd - particularly the use of ‘portable’ in this instance - but there is eBay wisdom in using numerous key words in the description to further broaden the prospective audience who often do keyword searches when hunting.
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  5. Jacobite

    Jacobite Member

    I imagine it is a Mandarin-English google translate issue, whereby the Chinese term signifying "travel" or "travel brush" ends up rendered in English as "portable."
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  6. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I'm sure that that is exactly what happened. As I've said, though, I'm just old enough to enjoy the subtleties associated with a word like "portable" and see the humor of associating it with something small like a shaving brush. I'm sure that the younger ones among us will someday find the same humor in the use of words like "mobile" or "smart".
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