Petty Disputation #1LinerWeds

You know those people who have to correct you to precision when you’re talking generally? You know, if you’re giving a price for goods or services you’re offering, you should be expected to say exactly what something costs. This book costs twenty-five dollars and sixty-seven cents, including tax. But, if you’re just in casual conversation, and you say, This book cost me about twenty-five dollars, it’s irritating for somebody to say, It’s closer to twenty-six or twenty-five dollars and sixty-seven cents, actually.

It certainly irritated my forebears. My mother would reply acidly,

Are you going to call me a liar over sixty-seven cents?

And my grandfather would say, in good-natured concession,

Well, mainly it were so.

Sometimes I favor the latter, but I sure do like the oomph of the former.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Petty Disputation #1LinerWeds

  1. Dan Antion

    October 12, 2022 at 8:02am

    I like both, but given the person who comes to mind when i think of this habit, I’m going with you mom.

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      Marian Allen

      October 13, 2022 at 9:33am

      LOL! Mom wasn’t much for suffering in silence, although she could do it if she thought it best.

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  2. Damyanti Biswas

    October 13, 2022 at 11:08am

    I agree with your mom. She sounds like a wonderful woman 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      October 13, 2022 at 2:00pm

      She was awesome — but you didn’t want to get on her wrong side!

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