Monday, November 21, 2005

November 20, 2005
I piddled around all day and went to the backside of the property to look at some new million-dollar-houses going up across the creek.

Then I got this Email from England:

At the risk of sounding pernickety, I thought it might be worth mentioning that your British readers—although I don't know how many of them there might be—do occasionally balk at your use of the language. Zum beispiel, when you say you went around the backside of a display stand it take us a moment to realize you intend to indicate you went to the rear of it, when to me and my compatriots, you are inspecting someone's buttocks (as in "he needs a kick in the backside"). You worry us even more when you say you piddled all day, for although we can divine you probably mean "twiddled your thumbs" or something similar, if you piddled all day over here you would have the worst case of incontinence yet encountered by medical science.
—Fred Nolan

“The only man, woman, or child who ever wrote a simple declarative sentence with seven grammatical errors is dead.”
—e.e. cummings, on the death of Warren Harding

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