Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Vince Johnson
Dear Al: I hope you won't mind my addressing you as "Al." We the people of the United States of America aren't as formal as we used to be. Since your time, Americans have found ways to shorten all kinds of things. We can travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific in less time than it took you to go a tenth the distance from New York to Boston. One of our most popular carriages is called a "Chevrolet," but everybody calls it a "Chevy." The shorter the word the more we can say during those brief moments we call a "coffee break."
The examples of how we speed up conversations are everywhere. We have an organization known as the "National Football League." It takes too long to pronounce each word so we simply say the "NFL." You might be surprised to know that this is a game watched by millions and played by millionaires proficient at running, throwing and catching an elongated ball some refer to as a "pig skin." On each "play" these gents grunt and groan while knocking each other down. Several times during the game, everybody holds their breath when another gent comes in to kick the ball!............
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