substitute for

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 24 00:55:04 UTC 2013

By sheer coincidence, I find the following in my
high-voltage-bestselling-thriller reading for the holidays:

2008 Tom Rob Smith _Child 44_ (rpt. N.Y.: Pocket Books, 2009) 44: He'd
married her because she was beautiful [etc.]....Was Vasili right when he'd
said she could be substituted for another?

That was in the author/narrator's voice, of course.

The earlier passage alluded to is as follows (p. 142):

"Raisa is beautiful. But there are many beautiful women. Maybe you'd be
better off with one who wasn't quite so beautiful."

(Can you guess that Vasili is a villain?  And that this bestseller
isn't that good, despite six solid pages of raves from the _Times_, the
_New York Times_, the _Wall Street Journal_, the _Chicago Tribune_,....)



On Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 6:35 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> "I am looking to replace [or "eliminate" or "get rid of"] oil in home-made
> salad dressings ..."
> JL
> On Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at>wrote:
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>> On Dec 21, 2013, at 10:47 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>> > At 12/21/2013 08:51 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> >> Pretty neat; this can complied with by those who really are trying
>> >> to improve their cholesterol results and who are willing to give up
>> >> refined carbs for high fiber foods, and also by those lazier sorts
>> >> who must be relieved to know that all they need to do is junk the
>> >> fiber and switch to lots of refined sugar, white bread, and
>> >> pasta.  Something for everyone.  Isn't language flux useful?
>> >
>> > I hope the side that switches to lots of refined sugar doesn't get
>> > too much flux.
>> >
>> They'll just need to fire up their flux capacitor and travel back to
>> before cholesterol was discovered.
>> LH
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