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A quick tale 116

A bit of a nonsense story

He always felt embarrassed when he used the word itinerary. Like laughing at someone's funeral. Or remembering a dirty joke during Physics class. Or fancying your best friend's wife. He could never bring himself to say the word. Why couldn't it just be schedule? Or timetable? Why itinerary? Was it Eye-tinerary? Or It-in-erary? He could never decide. And the 'rary' at the end was positively vulgar. And suddenly, the word seemed to crop up everywhere. On holiday brochures. Guide books. Rock star tour dates. World cup football matches. Everyone seemed to have an itinerary. Heck, even his 8-year old son was given one before he went on a school trip. What's with the word? What's with the world? Itinerary this. Itinerary that.

He'd had enough. So one day, he took a pair of black markers and went around town striking out the word wherever he saw it. He would go into libraries, search out dictionaries and black out the word and its definition. It was his personal battle. His holy war against a world that had embraced itinerary. Psychiatrists saw a troubled mind. Oprah-fans saw a deeply scarred psyche. He needs healing, they murmured behind his back. Did your mother not read you books when you were young? Was your cat run over by a dentist's car? They asked silly questions to get to the root of his problem. The simple answer was that he abhorred the word. And the more he ran away, the more he was chased. The man who did not like itinerary, ran the headline next to his scowling face. Neighbourhood kids made up pathetic rhymes and sang out 'He's hoary! He's hairy! He's lost his i-ti-ne-rary!'.

It had to stop. So the man scribbled the word all over his house. itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary itinerary. He surrounded himself with the very demon he was running away from. It seemed to work. He no longer actively disliked the word. And once, when an American friends casually mentioned it, he did not even puke. But just as he was warming to it came a blow. He choked on an artichoke and died instantly. At his funeral service, someone giggled. They might as well have mentioned the word.

Comments

Anonymous said…
and they played sexual healing at his funeral.wicked!
Premalatha said…
Wow.
(enakku eenoo kuththuthu. kutramulla nenju.)
post said…
great story. :)
Rubic_Cube said…
Hysterical. I have seen some real poor cases... but not this bad.
dogmatix said…
DANG!! Hillarious. I have a peeve for the word 'Genre' esp when somebody pretending to be a "french ki aulaad' overemphasizes teh "jzhoon rah"
my pet peeve word - peeve. but it's never driven me to do anything this drastic!
Anonymous said…
Hows 'repertoire' for a pet peeve word? One really needs repertoire to get it right..aint I right?.....
Ah! Annoying!!!!!
1$ Saint said…
man how the word killed him..lolz..
tilotamma said…
choked on an artichoke :-) and died :-))
apu said…
I like it...grisly...reminded me of roald dahl in some way
Anonymous said…
eppadi eppadi eppadi ammani ;-)
Nocturne said…
oh jesus! i could just DIE.
BlueByrd said…
Gobsmacked at the way you crank top gear on the conjectural superhighway......phew !!

Very poetic at the end ! Giggle Giggle

You are U-N-B-E-L-I-V-A-B-L-E

GOD BLESS THAT HEAD ON YOUR SHOULDERS AMEN !!

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Married for 31 years, 2 months and 17 days
Six cups coffee a day, brewed everyday of marriage
Three meals a day,
At least two dishes cooked, each meal-time
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Average 18 items of clothing washed per day
Three children
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Now and Then

"Now that I'm fifty-seven",
My mother used to say,
"Why should I waste a minute?
Why should I waste a day

Doing the things I ought to
Simply because I should?
Now that I'm fifty-seven
I'm done with that for good."

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Trapped in some thankless chore
Just as she might have been at
Fifty-three or fifty-four

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(And I have to bite my tongue)
That if you mean to learn a skill
It's well worth starting young

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For fifty, I've begun
To do exactly as I please
Now that I'm thirty-one.

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