Eat More Possum

I just noticed the popular southern phrase “Eat More Possum” is referenced in a legal analysis of the Chick-fil-A “Eat Mor Chikin” claim against “Eat More Kale

Here you can watch Jerry Jeff Walker sing it in 1984, at 1:50

The punk band Antiseen of Charlotte, North Carolina published an entire album called Eat More Possum in March 1993 with a cover image of a dead and bloody possum on asphalt.

Ironic, no? Who saw Antiseen?

That means it was not long after the Antiseen Eat More Possum album was released, many years after “eat more…” had been commonly used, that Chik-fil-A had a $1 billion dollar ad agency suggest they try using Eat Mor Chikin.

To put it another way, that same ad agency first tried to copy a phrase from the Simpsons.

Source: The Untold Story…

And thus an ad agency might have then thought using an already common phrase in America, seen on an album and in recordings pre-dating the billboards, was unlikely to be uncovered by a client in 1995. Or more likely they didn’t even care, given how they copied the Simpsons too (and Don’t Have a Cow also is an old phrase).

Today the prior art is more easily found, but it really was never hard to find in the first place.

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