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December 15, 2012

Caption Contest: WE HAVE A WINNER!


Owa tana siam


You may recall that on December 4, 2012 a post appeared announcing this year's First Annual bookofjoe Caption Contest, for the photo above from this year's Three Bridges Half Marathon.

Now, you may ask yourself, "How does he know it's the first "annual" if there hasn't been a second? Isn't that kind of nonsensical?"

And my answer would be "Yes! It is COMPLETELY nonsensical."

But I use this language to draw your attention to it so that in the future, you can enjoy the ridiculousness of seeing those two words — "first annual" — juxtaposed as much as I have since I first twigged.

Almost as stupid but not nearly as ubiquitous as "free gift," which is everywhere you look including, I'm gobsmacked to see, all over The Economist's offers of this and that.

I've emailed them and corresponded with the great and the good and the high and the mighty at the great newspaper's headquarters for over a decade now but have yet to make a dent in the great newspaper's linguistic fortress of misuse.

Yoo hoo: A gift is free — by definition.

Oh, well.

The winner of the caption contest is Greg, who submitted "Owa tana siam."

He added, "Repeat. If you do not understand, say it out loud in front of friends."

I said it out loud three times in front of Gray Cat and only as I began a fourth rendition did the penny drop.

Too great.

Yo Greg — email me a mailing address and something wonderful will be on its way to you instanter.

December 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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It took me more than 3 times.

Posted by: YesBiscuit! | Dec 16, 2012 5:29:03 PM

My sentiments also marshall.

Posted by: JoePeach | Dec 16, 2012 1:16:54 PM

whale oil beef hooked

Posted by: marshall | Dec 16, 2012 10:57:21 AM

I was robbed! But mega congrats to Greg for winning.

Posted by: Jeff | Dec 15, 2012 8:51:37 PM

Thanks 6.02*10^23!

Posted by: Matthieu | Dec 15, 2012 2:25:23 PM


The doctor is amused by a phrase that makes him admit that he is a proctologist's province.

In American English it works out to: Oh! What an ass I am!

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 15, 2012 2:18:56 PM

I don't get it...

Posted by: Matthieu | Dec 15, 2012 2:10:29 PM

Once again: Peachy keen, Mr. Peach!

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 15, 2012 1:51:08 PM

Sour Grapes!

Now have a subscribers vote, Your Lordship.

Posted by: JoePeach | Dec 15, 2012 12:43:22 PM

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