So I got this preview of my voice mail and I thought, come on, just give me the word, I can take it. I’ve been known to make sailors blush. It doesn’t matter if it’s a vulgarism, epithet, oath, or opprobrium. I’ve used ‘em all. And I’m not aware of any legal ruling that there are seven words you can’t say in voice mail.
This reminded me of a completely different situation when a man who didn’t speak English very well asked my wife what my name was. She told him. His eyes got very wide.
“Oh, yes,” he said, “that’s a very famous Western name. Christ is a very famous name.”
And then she explained that it’s just “Chris”. The “t” is dropped because it’s short for “Christopher”, which is the name of the patron saint of travelers, or it was until he turned out not to be a real person. I’m not sure what the current status of the saint formerly known as Christopher is, but since I was actually named after Christopher Robin it doesn’t bother me too much.
I’m certainly not going to curse about it.