The man who ensured I'd never hear "hot water heater" or "jumbo shrimp" with quite the same degree of acceptance left us recently and unexpectedly.
I often make snarky comments about misuse of language (while abusin' it my own self) and the person who first made me aware of language as the software our brains are running -- and why that mattered! -- was George Carlin. One of his great gifts was an original ear, the ability to hear a well-worn phrase or familiar term as though he was hearing it for the very first time and an even greater gift was his ability to then share that perception with an audience. I'm going to miss him.
In a world of fools and sheep, George Carlin was neither.
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