Saturday, November 03, 2007

doesn't sit on babies


E spotted this flier at the library of all places. Don't worry, little Hansel and Gretel, she just has a house made out of candy, you'll be FINE!

8 comments:

Jeff said...

Is she trying to be clever with the spaces? "Baby Sitter" instead of Babysitter... I don't get the pun... Is that sarcasm?

Anonymous said...

i think that as a professional in the childcare industry, she has always referred to herself as such begrudgingly, on account of how inappropriately violent the title sounds. and as far as she's concerned, there's very little "sitting" involved, thank you very much!

Snafu Suz said...

Maybe the point of the quotation marks is to indicate that she also takes care of children who are older than babies? If you read the whole ad it says she will take care of toddlers too, and not just infants. And since toddlersitter is not actually a word, it makes sense to me that she would put babysitter in quotes.

As a side note, when I was a kid I HATED the term babysitter. I was not a baby anymore and resented the fact that the person watching me for the evening was called a babysitter!

All this to say it makes complete sense to me why she would put the term babysitter in quotes. It's really a stupid term anyway, since it doesn't actually describe what the person does. Given that, perhaps it should always be written in quotes!

bethany said...

I can understand the problems with the term, but why not call yourself a child care provider, without quotation marks?

Lydia said...

I just hope she doesn't think that Babysitters actually SIT on babies!

Snafu Suz said...

>>I can understand the problems with the term, but why not call yourself a child care provider, without quotation marks?<<

Well you're right, of course. That would make more sense. But then again, if people made sense all the time then we wouldn't have this fun blog! :)

fallfares said...

Hopefully they're not looking for someone to "teach" their child also.

optimuscrime said...

The babysitter is actually a duck. As pictured.