I know it can't possibly matter to anyone else and you have already wasted your time by clicking on today's post but I just gotta dash off a couple of weakly worded letters.
Dear Bill Maher,
I couldn't be a bigger fan of your Real Time show on HBO. I look forward to it Friday nights like it was free Hot Wings. You tell it like it is and even when you are wrong I appreciate your perspective, intelligence and passion.
It's such a small thing and I hesitate to even call it to your attention but on more than one occasion I have heard you describe someone in the news with a difficult task ahead as having a "long road to hoe." This past week's show you used the expression to describe Senator McCain's task as he tried to court conservatives yet still distance himself from President Bush.
Unfortunately, nobody hoes a road. The term comes from the farm and it is a long row of crops in front of the farmer that represents the difficult task ahead. Interestingly, The Oxford English Dictionary dates it back to 1835 and gives Davy Crockett credit for the first published usage.
Congratulations on your party's presumptive nomination for the office of President of the United States. You should be very proud of the way you campaigned and, obviously, connected with millions of American voters.
I know you have given thousands of speeches over the past two years and the sheer volume of details you must keep straight in each appearance, especially under the glare of the media, would make it easy to not be conscious of pronouncing every word just so.
But more than once I have heard you use the word heighth instead of the intended height. Just this week, in your speech to veterans in Kansas City, you characterized a "quick troop withdrawal from Iraq" (as) "the heighth of irresponsibility."
With the next few months of campaigning you still face before November the last thing you need is your Democratic opponents being able to make fun of your version of President's Bush's pet word nookyular.
All the best to you, Sir, and God Bless America.
P.S. Hey, did your friend Davy Crockett really come up with that "long row to hoe" thing when you guys were still rolling together?
Note to readers: The reason these are weakly, not strongly, worded letters is that the topics are too insignificant to actually print and mail. I just write them to make myself feel like I have addressed them and then I can move on with my life. There is something wrong with me that I have to do this.