true story: my first winter in Minnesota I saw these words on a billboard (along with a picture of Reddy Kilowatt, the power company mascot).

I knew what each word meant individually, but the four words together had no meaning to me until my husband explained it...raking the snow off your roof with a long metal pole that could contact power lines and electrocute you is not a thing in Indiana.

I still use this example to show the importance of context for reading comprehension.


related: the wikipedia article on Reddy Kilowatt is truly amazing

@hfrazey "As he watched the electric discharges strike the ground, he imagined the dancing limbs of a powerful creature, one that could be harnessed in the service of the public" words to live by

@earthtopus @hfrazey Among the promotions for electric heat and appliances were images of a visibly sweating Reddy warning that government ownership of utilities is “Socialism – the twin brother of Communism – and we don’t want either of those isms!"

visibly sweating reddy kilowatt is haunted by the specter of communism

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