Word Wiseguy!

Sharing one from Joseph S. Ajlouny’s blog.

J. Ajlouny, Author

This newspaper feature arose out of a series of discussions I enjoyed with a like-minded Wordsmith named Rob Kyff. We developed many more of these columns but only these eight survived the black hole of time. I can’t recall who wrote which and I believe a third writer also contributed to the project. One day I may remember these things. But don’t wait on me to do it.

Statistically, the average Joe just isn’t average any longer

Bring back Joe Camel!

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t miss the camel himself that humped huckster of coffin nails, that repugnant ruminant of respiratory ruination. R.J. Reynolds should have snuffed out Puff the Magic Dromedary long ago.

What I miss is the “Joe” part. Joe Camel’s demise is just another nail in the coffin of a great American nickname.

According to the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, “Joseph” ranked among the…

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