Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 9 03:06:33 UTC 2012

A line from Charlie's Angels (the original series):

> She worked a lot when she was available, but not since she's been
> married to Mr. [].

"Available" is the usual (if a bit old-fashioned) euphemism for
"unmarried and unattached" (or, to put in more contemporary terms,
"single"), but I've never heard it put quite this way--in indirect
context (that is, when the discussion is not specifically of someone's
"availability" or "interest") ...

But, as I've said before, I've lived a sheltered life...


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