Tag Archives: Language

We Regret The Error

Omitting a single letter can change the meaning of a statement, as the following sentences from the old periodicals illustrate (the words with a missing letter are in italics): “The conflict was dreadful, and the enemy was repulsed with considerable laughter.” … Continue reading

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What? Why? When? Who? Where? Which?

I’m on my way to Wheretown to dine with Mrs. Who. If I’m not there by whentime The guard won’t let me through. There’s going to be a why not — Oh boy I hope I win it — A … Continue reading

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A Secret Love Letter

The following letter was written by a young gentleman to his lover under the direction and eye of his father. The understanding, however, between the lovers, was, that she should read every other line, beginning with the first. Every party was … Continue reading

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Is That That That That That Correct?

The following verse contains grammatical wordplays on the word “that”: Now, that is a word that may often be joined, For that that may be doubled is clear to the mind; And that that that is right, is as plain … Continue reading

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How To Say “Good Grief, Charlie Brown!” In Various Provinces Of France

In the March 28, 1977, issue of the New York Times, Craig Claiborne related that a few years prior, he had reviewed a book about French cuisine. He felt that the book’s tone was ostentatious, and he also thought that the … Continue reading

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This Is Not A Joque

Guy Hardy (1872-1947), a former Representative of Colorado, had an old newspaper clipping in his possession about the woes of a newspaper printer. Apparently, the letter “F” and “K” were missing in the supply of type. So, the printer of Rocky … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #12

Happiness The ones who seek their happiness By buying cars and clothes and rings, Don’t seem to know that empty lives Are just as empty filled with things. — Bullet [Fredericksburg, Virginia], May 1, 1936 Mind Your Punctuation ‘Mind your stops’ is … Continue reading

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