100 Percent Hybrid

Sara got a pair of shoes in the mail from Zappos today. On the shoebox, in big, bold lettering, were the words “100% HYBRID.”

Is it just me, or is that an oxymoron? Isn’t it like saying that something is completely partial? (And I don’t mean partial in the sense of biased.) Anyway, it struck me as kind of funny.

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6 Responses to 100 Percent Hybrid

  1. Camille DeBoer says:

    Interesting observation. One of our local news websites this week announced the cancellation of the Tulip Time fireworks as having occurred “two straight days in a row.” I guess that’s less oxymoron and more redundant but still…. I would tolerate a little more precision.

  2. Debbi says:

    I never heard that term in reference to shoes! What kind were they? I think you should take a picture of it and send it to Consumer Reports so that they can use it on the last page of blooper ads!

  3. Viper007Bond says:

    Actually, while poorly worded, “100% Hybrid” makes sense. It means that the entire item is a hybrid rather than only part of it being a hybrid and the rest something else.

  4. kevin says:

    Christina recently got some shoes of the same brand and same box. I guess I didn’t consider what that means or how something can be ‘100% hybrid.’ Buzzwords like ‘hybrid’ are tossed around so casually these days I seldom notice anymore.

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  6. Dennis says:

    I have seen “100% REPRODUCTION” before, but the hybrid disclaimer’s definitely a new one. Oh, where are ye authenticitie?

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