November 16th, 2007

Interesting words

"Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind; quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, and the brave. I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned."
Edna St. Vincent Millay

A Found Interesting Words

I found a potentially excellent sentence in the book I am reading today (Cold in the Heads by Gerald Hammond):

"When a member of my family rolls over on his back, it isn't to have his or her tummy tickled. It's because that's what sharks do before they take your leg off."

(Okay, I did fix the failure to follow pronoun agreement. Why would a person say "their back" when they are smart enough to say "his or her" in the same sentence?)