February 24, 2004


Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 11:31 am

Banks keep popping up all over the place in the town where I live. I don’t get it. It is not a “wealthy” town by any stretch of the imagination, and yet it seems as if there are more banks in my town than there are in the city of Zurich. We have two Dunkin’ Donuts stores, one 7-11, and three Quick-Checks, but I’ll bet that we have 15 or 20 banks. WTF?

However, while the number of banks in the town and the lack of any apparent reason they are cropping up all over the place may be interesting (then again, maybe not), it is not the reason I started writing this post.

You can properly ask, “So, why are you boring us with this bank baloney, Jimbo?” I don’t have a good answer, other than to say that the words are already on the screen, and I hope that this post turns out to be at least as interesting as one of those quizzes that we all sometimes fall prey to (e.g. What kind of communicable disease are you?)

The reason for this post is that, this morning while I was walking, I noticed that one of the banks identifies itself with a large, modern sign in front of the building that that says, “Wachovia.” I thought, “Watchovia. Pretty strange name, that.

It then dawned on me that “Wachovia” is excellent “Jerseyspeak” for “Watch over you.” You know, as in, “Don’t worry ’bout nuttin’ Kid; I’m heah to Watchovia.”

I hope, for everyone’s sake, that tomorrow’s walk results in something slightly more interesting.


  1. Unfortunately, another alternate pronunciation of “Wachovia” is “Walk over you.” To wit:

    “Don’t let those crooks at the bank wachovia.”

    Comment by TL Hines — February 24, 2004 @ 10:46 pm

  2. Quiz result: Nader is the clap.

    Comment by Jack Bog — February 25, 2004 @ 4:05 am

  3. Actually, “Walk ovah ya” (they started down here in Virginia, a couple of mergers ago) is the pronunciation they use in their ads. I don’t know if Wachovia branches in New Jersey have ’em, but the ones down here have “no guns” signs on their doors, since they absorbed First Union (another anti-gun bank). That wouldn’t be an issue in NJ, but VA is a right-to-carry state. A lot of VA gunowners have closed their Wachovia accounts.

    Dexter Guptill

    Comment by Dex — February 25, 2004 @ 7:37 am

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