When we first moved to this part of the USA I fell victim to a parsing error. It was 1980, an election year, and Charles Mathias was running for the Senate. As I took the bus home one day I saw a sign stretched across a row of four windows on an upper storey of a small office building. It read:


with one word showing in each window.

"Who is Mary Landers?" I wondered, "and why should anybody care about her opinions?"

Of course, as a new resident of the state of Maryland I wasn't yet acclimated to the local vocabulary. Eventually I figured out who "Mary Landers" really was ....

TopicPersonalHistory - TopicHumor - TopicLanguage - 2002-08-25

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