Friday, October 17, 2003

You'll never see your papers again! Never!

There is a brand of expanding file in the world known as Globe-Weis Letha-Tone. I considered for some time the spectacle of an organizational system named after Lethe, the River of Forgetfulness. Does the name signify that the filed papers will disappear from one's memory into a deathlike void? Will they drown in the dark waters of oblivion before they can be provided to the friendly IRS man?

I had to ponder for quite a while before I realized that "Letha" was merely a ghastly mangled respelling of the word "leather". What advertising drone felt compelled to do such violence to the English language, and would he or she prefer to meet me at dawn with swords or pistols?

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