Sunday, August 17, 2014


Wilderness Were Paradise Enow

A family member died, and Mrs. Laudator was in charge of funeral and burial arrangements. Limited by available space on the gravestone, she chose "Wilderness Were Paradise Enow" to be the epitaph. This was perfect for the deceased, a nature lover and bird watcher, fond of books and poetry, skeptical about the prospect of an afterlife.

The funeral director, who also served as liaison between the family and veterans' cemetery officials, considered the proposed inscription to be incorrect. She didn't recognize "enow" as an English word, and she thought "were" was erroneously plural with a singular subject.

Mrs. Laudator gave the funeral director a little lesson on English vocabulary, grammar, and literary history.

<< Home
Newer›  ‹Older

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?