October 8, 2015
I wish I’d written it all down, because now I can’t remember all the gems he’s come up with over the years. Teach me to carry a notebook! Or enter stuff in my phone. There have been countless malapropisms and spoonerisms and neologisms, not to mention mispronunciations. “Jehoosits” (for Jesuits) is a favourite. He loves telling people about how I asked him, early on, whether he spoke any languages other than English, and he answered, “I barely speak English!” To say this has been challenging to me – a polyglot and stickler for correct grammar/punctuation/usage – is to understate the obvious.