This cartoon from The Onion caught my eye.
On a recent trip to the UK I was sad to see that almost all wine bottles now have screw tops. Not just cheapo but good wine. Now I know screw tops have advantages, but I miss corks! The ceremony of the corkscrewing, the pop sound.
While over half of cork forests are in Spain and Portugal, the US is the biggest manufacturer of cork products. The cartoon suggests the Chinese have a plot to destroy ("wipe out") the US industry by replacing corks with screw tops. The American consumers are shown as naive, i.e. they have no critical judgement, saying that the new screw tops are "neat" i.e. cute.
What do you prefer, screw top or cork?
Wipe out. To destroy.
Naive. Lack of sophistication or critical judgement