A Harder Job Than Mine

I love today’s joke on the New Yorker page-a-day calendar. One guy says to another: “It’s not a word I can put into feelings.” It’s so funny to me that when I first saw it in the magazine, I clipped it out and taped it to my wall.

Why does it tickle me so? It involves a kind of wordplay, a touch of absurdity, and the element of surprise.  How many times have I said, “it’s not a feeling I can put into words”?  Yet words are my livelihood, and using them to convey information, descriptions, thoughts, actions, facts, and emotions is what I’m paid to do.  As hard as it is to put a feeling into words, imagine if my job were to put words into feelings! Thinking about that makes me laugh.

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