Thursday, February 3, 2022

Dispense with the Pleasantries

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I saw a sign for a dispensary and thought this up. It's an interesting name for a business - they don't say what they are dispensing but we all know (and the five-leaf helps). Technically though, it is a vague term and anyone who is dispensing items could call themselves a dispensary. It would lead to confusion. But when has that stopped anyone?

Also, why does the phrase "dispense with the pleasantries" mean stop them rather than dish them out? I feel that is backwards.

M: Need to stop by the dispensary?
L: Is that where they dispense with the pleasantries? I could use some pleasantries.

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