More S'quick art.
(I'll stop soon, I promise.)
My friend also sends me selected samples of viral internet jokes (which circle the world endlessly, I imagine) like the one about the question why -- when brain transplants become available -- will women's brains be cheaper than men's brains?
Have found myself tsk-tsking a lot lately over the abuse of homonyms like reigns and reins, altar and alter, pour and pore, pair, pear and pare.
And I've wondered if our more aural society -- cell phones, channel TV availability, audio books, iPods and stuff -- if these are responsible for what strikes me as a looser grasp of language. If our vocabulary is influenced more by what we hear than by what we see. After all, there is no audible difference between it's and its, until one translates the sound into writing.
Purists discriminate between homonyms, homophones and homographs. I'm not grammatically finicky -- in spite of my stay at Miss Bustlewhistle's Academy for Proper Young Ladies -- so I don't. I'm just irritated to see homonyms abused in general.
And the Brain Transplant question? Market economy -- women's brains are cheaper because they are used.