I've been going through thirteen years' worth of issues of the This is True e-mails culling out interesting asides, rants, historical details and such for my blog -- I've been writing blog-like stuff since I invented for-profit e-mail publishing in 1994, so I guess it's about time to turn it into an actual blog. Anyway, in my 18 April 1999 issue I found this gem, and thought it would go well here:
I collect interesting quotes and one-liners -- you never know when a pithy little zinger might come in handy when I'm sitting at the keyboard sweating blood (otherwise known as writing True as my deadline is fast approaching). I really like this one from Jules Feiffer, a rather opinionated cartoonist, but it's so dang long I'll never get to use it in True. So I thought I'd share it here:
I used to think I was poor.
Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy.
Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy, I was deprived.
Then they told me deprived was a bad image, I was underprivileged.
Then they told me underprivileged was overused, I was disadvantaged.
I still don't have a dime. But I sure have a great vocabulary.
Posted January 28, 2007