Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hmm...

Wednesday I got home from work and greeted the cats, Kitty and Baby, as I usually do. I grabbed the key to the mailbox and informed the cats I was going to fetch the mail. On my way out to the mailbox, it occurred to me how many different ways my declaration to the cats could’ve been taken by someone overhearing me:

“I’m gonna check the mail, cats.”
Informing felines I’m going to the mailbox.

“I’m gonna check the mail, cats.”
Informing cool people I’m going to the mailbox.

“I’m gonna check the mail cats.”
Declaring I’m going to check up on feline mail-deliverers
Or
Declaring I’m going to check up on the cool mail-deliverers

“I’m gonna check the male cats.”
Announcing the sex of the felines I’m going to check.

I’m gonna check the male, cats.”
Informing felines I’m going to check out some dude.

6 comments:

Jacksmom said...

Love it! I will use it with our permission next year when I teach punctuation. I'm tired of using "Let's eat, Mama." and "Let's eat Mama!" Likewise, I'm tired of "Eats, Shoots and Leaves".

Rimpy said...

Nice.

Carlos said...

@JacksMom - Please do use it. Glad you like it. :-)

chandra said...

Nicely written. I love succinct posts that actually impart usable information.
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goofy said...

Assuming you made an intonation break after "mail", I don't think that 3 and 4 would be likely interpretations.