Beer In Ads #190: Tennent’s We’ll Hold It

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Wednesday’s ad is for the Scottish lager Tennent’s. Given the bottle, I’m guessing this is an old ad, maybe late 19th century. With the two dogs, the tagline “Give us your business & we’ll hold it” is pretty funny.

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Comments

  1. aCA says

    I guess I must be being very dense, but I’ve never understood the joke in this advert (a copy of it adorns my local). A few of us talked it over, we reckon it’s something to do with “dog’s business” as a euphemism for poo, but then what’s the holding referring to? Or are they guard dogs ‘holding’ your business?

    Forgive my ignorance!

    • Unto Toivainen says

      I’m not English speaking person so I might be totally wrong.

      I have thought that this refers to idiom: “Mind your own business”. So the ad could be translated to “Tell us your secret, we will keep it”.

      But as I said I’m not English speaking so this translation is more guessing the knowledge.

  2. Matilda says

    I have this sign in my kitchen. Love dogs and beer ;) But have no idea what the slogan really stands for. Can anyone explain, please?

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