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Pedants' corner

Earlier this year I was shown a business letter, written by an irate plumber, whose unstable capital letters were threatening to take a firm to court for non-payment. In a wild rollercoaster of grammar and spelling, one word in particular stopped us in our tracks. In the event it was the one who was a terrible speller who deciphered what matey was talking about. I've a feeling the rest of us would otherwise still be staring at it now, trying to puzzle it out.

Is it more obvious than I think? Or did you also spend ages staring at it as if it was a Magic Eye puzzle?

"I WILL BE FORCED TO USE PROSIDIA"



It was, of course, "PROCEDURE".

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strictlytrue
Oct. 12th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you should have checked the procidia guyed.
ex_cornfedpi814
Oct. 12th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
I got it straight away. Do I win a prize for having a wrong brain?
alfaguru
Oct. 12th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
Got it straight away. I don't know what that means.
chiller
Oct. 12th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
I also got it straight away.
chiller
Oct. 12th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
(Although in fairness in a very old house of mine we had an amusing letter pinned up which my ex-husband had received from a landlord once threatening "court procerdings". And I once worked with a man who filled in the accounts ledger and consistently put "widow cleaner" every Thursday when the er ... widows had been cleaned.)
judge_death
Oct. 12th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't get it.
setting_sun
Oct. 12th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Prosidia sounds like a laxative. How this would help him legally though is beyond me.
verlaine
Oct. 12th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
Fairly quickly. But I was really hoping it was going to be "pr(a)esidia".
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