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Surely you jest: Man on a desert island

Posted by John McIntyre at 8:19 AM | | Comments (5)


I've heard that joke a dozen times and I still laughed. I miss the accent, though.

You have a sponsor!!!! (A very high end sponsor, as is only fitting!)

As a former marketing/pr/advertising drudge, I'm dying to know how this came down. Did someone from the Sun make up a list of possibles? Was this a throw-in (buy x amount of print advertising and we'll throw in a spot in Wordville?) Do you get some say in what products are assciated to you? Is video sponsorship going to become a blog-wide phenomena? (Over in the sandbox, will Bird Thursday be sponsored by Sheppard-Pratt?)

can you explain this to the Jews in the room?

Christianity, particularly the Protestant flavors, is notoriously fissiparous. You disagree with the pastor? Join another church. You quarrel over a point of doctrine? Form your own denomination. Make yourself an archbishop, if you like.

The poor fellow in the joke is so given to the Protestant propensity for schism that he has split from himself.

the sponsor-thing was a tad unexpected, but the joke was rather good!

thanks, JMc!

patricia, we jews have had our version of that joke since ... well, possibly since the dissolution of the sanhedrin. ('oh, that's the synagogue i wouldn't be caught dead in.')

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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