one fairy lasts longer than two cheapies

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jane.t, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. jane.t New Member

    italian
    what's the meaning of "one fairy lasts longer than two cheapies"?
    It's a tv advert.
     
  2. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    What's the context, jane.t? Is the advert about 'Fairy' washing-up liquid?
     
  3. jane.t New Member

    italian
    It could be,
    I'm translating a theater drama and there is the main character who is quoting some adverts. The play is set in the 80s.
    So if "fairy" is a washing up liquid, the advert make sense to me.
    I didn't know what fairy was...
     
  4. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    Ah, I see!:)

    Yes, if the play is set in the UK, I'm pretty sure the reference is to the washing-up liquid. Try googling 'Fairy Liquid' to get an idea of the sort of claims made for it: there's usually a suggestion that it lasts longer/goes further than cheaper brands.

    That said, I don't think the phrase is an actual quote from a Fairy advert; it's more like a spoof or take-off;)
     
  5. jane.t New Member

    italian
    Many thanks Loob!
     

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