Friday, November 09, 2007

Can you hear me standing now?

sign with message "American Christians stand up and be heard!"

I thought normally the cliche was to "stand up to be counted", but something is lost when it is mixed with other ideas like speaking out in order to be heard.

So here I am standing up as loudly as I can, but not even I can hear my own joints creak. Can you hear me standing?

Some other turns of phrase can lose a lot when elements are dropped out of the middle. The other day I overheard one worker warn another: "Be careful when you handle that glass or it will slice your hands like hot butter."

And yet ... no restaurant that gave me a dish of melted butter ever warned me of the dangers of being sliced by my food.

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