Thursday, October 21, 2021


I went to the vet and said, 'Please can I have George's weeing and flerming treatments?'

Mrs Malaprop strikes again.

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I'm writing, belatedly, my radio piece that needs to be recorded today as well. I began by using an old Bay article and expanding on that but I didn't really know where I was going with it. But then this morning it struck me and, after some research, I have now completed my first draft. 

Husband came in, saw me playing sudoku and asked if I'd finished. When I said I had he said, 'Why aren't you recording it then?'

Because I have to let it sit for a short while - preferably overnight but I don't have that luxury today - before I go back and read it again and make any changes before recording. That's why.

In writing it I got quite worked up about the inequalities of the system whereby two men can indulge in a race to get into space while there are fourteen million people living in poverty in the UK alone, and food banks have never been busier.

But it's a Christian radio station so I have to moderate my words.

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In between thinking and writing I dithered over the title of my last post. I asked the question on the family whatsapp group: is it 'Three is better than one' or 'Three are better than one'?

We concluded that it should be 'Three is' because three as a number is singular. But I argued that 'strands' is implied and therefore it should be 'Three are'. I am usually quite a stickler about this - Husband and I have numerous arguments - but this time, unusually, either felt okay to me.

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We finished watching Clickbait last night. Well, it could have been written by Agatha Christie - had there been internet in her day. No way would we have guessed that.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

A worthy discussion about whether "three" is singular or plural in that context! I agree with the end result.

Ole phat stu said...

Three IS One. Sez your religion.

Janie Junebug said...

Thank you for making me smile, Mrs. Malaprop. Three is considered plural in American English, but I think you can go either way.