Well, of course I know what creepers are- they’re plants that either creep along the ground or up things like trees or houses. Yep- pretty simple- I can go now; and dictionaries back me up.
First and second entries:
1. One that creeps.
2. Botany A plant that spreads by means of stems that creep.
I know that there are slang usages, too, eg. a “creep” is someone we don’t like who seems attracted to us or stalks/follows/pursues us. We all know someone who has had a Facebook
stalker who is a real “creep”. Often this meaning gets extended to cover people who don’t look very attractive to us, eg. “I wouldn’t go out with that creep- his pimples are popping all over!” I also understand that certain OS
colleagues (mainly those gold-darned Americans
– you know who you are) use the word “creepers” for these self-same unwanted persons. The meaning can also be extended in sayings such as “He gives me the creepers when he sits in the back row”, where Aussies would say “He gives me the creeps”.
: Did anyone ever hear the word “Creeper
” used to refer to a car driver who goes a bit over the speed limit? Well, if you all did, I missed out. I have NEVER heard this usage…UNTIL:
When I first heard/saw them, I thought these ads were trailers for a new zombie movie
! There are also a few versions where blokes in cars come alongside a woman and look at her in a “creepy” way. I thought they were part of the zombie theme, planning on doing something to the woman, then eating her! My friend C and I had quite a discussion about it- about how this ad might make some women feel scared of blokes who looked at them while driving! We didn’t notice anything about speed limits
at all! Another thought I had trying to explain the “Creeper” label for drivers was in reference to older persons, especially hat-wearing males, who creep along the road at about half the speed limit and make us angry because we can’t drive “normally”. Now these “Creepers” certainly cause accidents when people try to speed them up by tailgating, or swerve around them into oncoming traffic /pedestrians/ cyclists. However, we would all recognise an advertisement warning us about “Hats”. We all know when we see a “Hat” driver
that we should drive carefully in case they do something unexpected, eg. stop at a green light or turn left from the right lane! Horrific driving behaviour, but predictable from the prominent way they label themselves as “Hats”! LOL
I hope I never become a “Hat” and I’m certain I’ll never be a “Creeper” without extensive genetic modification!
Acknowledgment: Thank you to Asst Chief Mark of airliners.net for the image. You might like to put a comment on his blog!