Heard on The Judges: "=?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=A6_?=gave me _money for a supposed-to-be drug test_."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 29 19:06:24 UTC 2012

An interesting turn of phrase. I.e. "money that was supposed to be
used for a blood test, but was, in fact diverted to another use."

A thirty-ish woman is arguing that she doesn't have to repay the money
that the man spent on her because, based on bitter experience, he
should have realized that she was merely "using him for a natural
goodthing*," as any fool could plainly see.

The judge agreed with her and dismissed the man's case.

*I've never seen this phrase written out, but the stress-pattern
requires that _good thing_ be written as a single word, as in a
surname like "Goodchild."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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