[Ads-l] New word: _painstake_

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 20 16:51:58 EST 2021


I hope this stake isn't as painful as burning or stabbing!

MAM

On Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 3:16 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> Owner of a funeral-escort service explaining away complaints that he and
> his employees pretend to be the police:
> "But I have been painstaking in my efforts to avoid being mistaken for a
> police officer. And one of the _painstakes_ that I *have* taken ..."
>
> --
> - Wilson
> -----
> 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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