The other day my wife and I were sitting in the morning room
having our elevences of the usual coffee and chocolate biscuits
and reading the days papers, when all of a sudden she said,
‘I’ve just been reading the messages on your Armed-Guard site’.
‘Oh yes, I mumbled’
‘And’ she continued ‘in one the man spoke of his wife canning
tomatos, minus the e’
‘Well It’s like this’ I replied ‘ over there they don’t have their own
language and it’s taking time for them to get the hang of English,
especially where e is concerned and this has become known as doing
‘Yes I see’ she said ‘ perhaps also to make English easier for
the poor dears they dropped the u in a number of words?’.
‘Quite true’ I said ‘except for the intellectual minority who have retained
the u like Nasa for their spacecraft Endeavour’.
With apologies to our good friend Gerald Burr. And sorry to hear of
your Spinal Stenosis old chum, something like that must be a real
pain in the neck.