Over the course of a playful multi-party email thread, one of my section-mates kept ending his comments with “ZING”, as if to declare the comments’ bite.  Crabby and tired, I fired off a rejoinder:

okay i’ve had enough of this. michael, adding “zing” to the end of your comments does not actually make your comments into zingers. You can cry “zing” from the rooftops, and it would still not be so. You are, if you like, spray painting “BEEMER” on the side of a rusty honda civic; polishing the lackluster brass statuette of mediocrity; singing “happy birthday” where a plaintive dirge would do.

I feel much better now.


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