Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Seasonal Verbiage

In the process of getting rid of a telemarketer at the office one day, one of my staffers told them I was away. After she hung up, we discussed how long she should have said I'd be gone; she smiled as she came up with the old expression: "summering" at the Cape.

Ah yes: summering at the Cape; or in the Poconos; or at the Shore. Similar to wintering in Florida, Arizona or the Riviera. Then I got to wondering why those were the only two seasons used in that sense. But as I tried out the others, I realized I was creating some unfortunate turns of phrase:
  • Springing in the city (sounds like surprising someone during an urban pogo stick contest)
  • Falling in the Caribbean (especially unfortunate if one doesn't swim)
Ah well; best to just tell the telemarketers that I am unavailable.


At Sun May 18, 09:14:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Can think of worse things to happen than falling in the Caribbean. Maybe a drug rep could spring for it...?


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