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.
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A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: A petty dispute.