Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Twenty Questions

. . . but not the usual, of course.

  1. Why do square bullets introduce each question even though a number shows up on my screen as I create each interrogatory?
  2. Why twenty, anyway -- is it related to 10 fingers and 10 toes?
  3. Why the sloppiness of style, not paying a copyeditor's (or copy editor's) attention to consistency regarding words versus numerals?
  4. Huh?
  5. Would you make it "healthcare" or "health care" as a noun?
  6. Does it bother you that the majority of Americans could not diagram a sentence on the blackboard or whiteboard or greenboard?
  7. When?
  8. What is my fixation with Soren Kierkegaard?
  9. When was the first time?
  10. When was the last time?
  11. Why do many readers immediately assume that questions 9 and 10 are latently associated with sex?
  12. Why is twelve, or 12, so rich in connotation, ranging from Apostles to months to inches to Steps to lists?
  13. When was your last act of not only random but anonymous kindness?
  14. Or mine?
  15. Why is it so hard to pronounce "anonymous"?
  16. What is 20 times 20 times 20, which would be 20 cubed, or does the cube melt in the dog days of August?
  17. Why don't they teach Latin in public schools?
  18. Who is "they"?
  19. Isn't it truly difficult to change ingrained habits?
  20. Are you relieved this is over?

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