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Even if it did, it would not endorse the online-Viagra and escort services spam that has been cluttering the comments recently. Comments advertising such goods and services will be deleted as they come to notice. Please disregard them.

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Posted by John McIntyre at 1:09 PM | | Comments (4)


Many thanks for your very helpful advice. Will you let us know when you have found a purveyor of Viagra whom you can recommend?

Prof. McI.,

Bet you couldn't have imagined in your wildest dreams that as the esteemed blogmeister of, "You Don't Say', astutely commenting on all manner of lexicographic, and grammatical dysfunction on almost a daily basis, that you would find yourself having to recommend sundry 'boner fide', reliable commercial purveyors of various ED (erectile dysfunction) pills?

Now, not only do you have to deal w/ the bugaboos of run-on sentences, pesky dangling participles, dastardly diphthongs, and misplaced modifiers, but offering sage advice on four-hour-long periods of male 'equipment' turgidity (That was awkward. HA!), and temporary Viagra-induced blindness might be looming in you near future. Oh the humanity!

Where's that pixie, Dr. Ruth, when you need her?


Eons ago, The World's Most Boring History of World Civilization I professor began practically every sentence with, "St. Thomas Aquinas said, 'There is nothing new under the sun.'" I betcha St. Thomas Aquinas never saw this under his sun!

Eve, interesting that your World Civ professor attributed that quote to Aquinas. I associate it with Ecclesiastes:

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

And the author of that book was probably quoting someone else.

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