* There’s a reason, alas, this old joke still has currency: “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.

* Favorite spoonerism: “It’s kistomary to cuss the bride.”

* “Like.” “I mean.” “Y’know.”–“Eliminate them and some conversations might shrink by fifty percent.” That was the late, wry journalist/author/lecturer Edwin Newman, on redundant colloquialisms, but then, you know, you’ve probably, like, noticed.

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