Monday, June 30, 2008

Wtih* (for With, etc.)

I don't know how witty I can get with Wtih, today's "high probability" typo for the word with, so this might be a good time to consult the experts. "She ran the gamut of emotions from A to B," observed Dorothy Parker of Katherine Hepburn's performance in a Broadway play called The Lake. (Which almost sounds like a method for acting on typos, while at the same time running the risk of being typecast. In any event, the catty critique did not appear to do much damage to either one's career.) Parker also once wrote in one of her trademark sardonic "love" poems, Little Words:

. . . There is no mercy in the shifting year,
No beauty wraps me tenderly about.
I turn to little words—so you, my dear,
Can spell them out.

(Portrait of Parker from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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