Heater Face: Office-Alone Variant

As I wait for inexplicably late printing (because COVID, I presume), I see a heater face way behind the counter to join the one in the banner. This one evokes the Home Alone face, which makes me wonder . . .

If I can be home and home alone,
why can’t I be office and office alone?

At least it’s not because COVID. This peculiarity of the language-as-she-is-spoke certainly predates the pandemic.

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8 Responses to Heater Face: Office-Alone Variant

  1. Tom Watson says:

    No matter where you look, they’re staring at you! Could give a person a complex!

  2. Jim Taylor says:

    To me it looks more like “The Scream” than “Home Alone.”

    Jim T

  3. barbara carlson says:

    Oh snap! don’t designers see the FACES?
    And some car grills are so angry!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – I don’t know. I’d be surprised if they don’t see them (being so visual) but I often don’t see out-&-out errors in own writing because I know what I intended. Maybe it’s the same with them. But maybe it’s a conspiracy . . .

      • barbara carlson says:

        It also may be the macro design of certain objects that need two switches and a big “mouth” vent. It is unlikely the switches would be placed at the bottom out of reach for lazy owners.

        • Isabel Gibson says:

          Barbara – Yes, functionality considerations drive some of the placement, I expect – maybe most. Now that you’ve brought it up I do wonder whether they work with that natural face or work against it or simply don’t see it (in my mind, the least likely alternative).

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