9/17/2007

True Colours

After not winning on the red, green or any other carpet last night for my daringly casual Emmy attire, I wandered through a parking lot today wondering what would become of me.

I hoped for a sign and then, there it was. A sign. It looked like a standard "The management is not responsible..." sign until I read on.

The management is not responsible for any theft, damage, or loss of personal property, howsoever it may occur.

I enjoy it when I come across a word I've never seen before; this find ranks right up there with the egress sign I spotted a while back. I'm really not that hard to please.

The plan now is to try and work the word into casual conversation at least once before I die, howsoever that may occur.

19 comments:

Tanya Espanya said...

House O' Heifer?

House O' Never?

House O' Favour?

pistols at dawn said...

The word I encountered the other day that made me laugh: administratrix.

BeckEye said...

I think "howsoever" is covering their asses. It means that even if the management personally robs you, they're still not responsible.

Jen said...

to whatsoever extent or degree
will you do so?

Chris said...

I hope that, whensoever this occurs, it is a fulfilling experience.

Writeprocrastinator said...

"The management is not responsible for any theft, damage, or loss of personal property, howsoever it may occur."

Or the crow mobs.

"howsoever it may occur"

Isn't that a Johnny Mathis song?

Mob said...

I wonder whomsowhatnow is responsible for these leaps in the language?

I seriously doubt Roget's was consulted, because this is like a biological change, as if random words are breeding and creating strange new progeny.

BeckEye said...

And whomsoever shall be found without the soul for getting down...

katrocket said...

I think if I were a signpainter, I would want to mix it up now and then as well. You become typecast using the same words after a while.

deadspot said...

I didn't look at the definition, but does an administratrix have something to do with whips and power suits?

...cause if not, I want to know what you call that.

No, no particular reason. Why do you ask?

julia said...

Legalese is full to brimming with fantastic morphed language. I bumped into 'whosoever' and 'administratrix' at my last job. I also loved 'to all men presents' when the context of the phrase clearly meant 'present'. Always had me thinking of a pile of gifts and loot bags.

T said...

Howsoever, whatsoever, -same-difference.

gifted typist said...

howsoever - it sounds so biblical.

Grant Miller said...

I'm not sure if a lawyer or a bored English major wrote that sign.

John Mutford said...

Oh the funicity of it all.

chelene said...

I really didn't expect Merriam-Webster to have that word, but they do. But they also let in crunk so I'm not sure they're the best judge of word character anymore.

Marloes said...

For once Im glad Im a foreigner....I really don't have an answer to this one whatsoever

X. Dell said...

Egress? Is that a female 'e'?

Dale said...

Hasenpfeffer Tanya.

That's a pretty sexy word Pistols, any way we can bring it back?

I 'think' you're right Beckeye! Robbing bastards.

Insofar as I can ascertain Jen, there's no telling.

I hope there's uplifting music playing in the background at least Chris.

Chances Are, it is WP.

That's great imagery Mob, I like the idea of words getting it on.

Hey, that's me Beckeye. But you'll be getting down soon won't you? I'm jealous.

Exactly Katrocket, nobody wants the same old paint job or blow job for that matter.

Please come out of the boardroom Deadspot. After you've pulled yourself together.

Yay, Julia's buying everyone presents!

And you used them both in a sentence T! Sort of.

Does this mean I can expect a plague of signs next GT?

It wasn't the guy in the booth Grant.

Funicity is all around John, we just have to find it I guess.

I was surprised to see it too Chelene but crunk is in there? That's pretty awesome.

Howsoever you pretend Marloes, I know you know better.

Either that or marijuana by email, X. Dell.