Friday, February 18, 2005

More Non Sequitur Theater

What exactly is meant by the expression "A month of Sundays?" You hear this in old movies and dime novels, when two people who haven't seen each other for a while meet. "Why Joe, I haven't seen you in a month of Sundays." But how long is that?

There are thirty days in a month, so maybe it means thirty Sundays. But that's just a fancy way of saying thirty weeks, and nobody except expectant mothers ever counts weeks that long. They say, "I haven't seen you in months."

On the other hand, it could also mean "a month's worth of Sundays," which is usually four. But if that's the case, why bring Sunday into it at all? Why not just say, "I haven't seen you in a month?"

It's thoughts like these that kept me out of Yale.

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