Friday, June 20, 2014

Postage stamps

While waiting in line at the post office yesterday, I saw this stamp in a machine:




I had a brief thought about trying trying to ask for one at the counter:

"I need a great sparkled fraternity. I mean, a freight spanked fickle lilly. No, wait, a crate mangled fritterfrilly. No? A great teutonic titterwilly? Trait-specific hereditary? Um... fate frazzled hillbilly? Razzle-dazzled pickled lorrie?

"Fuck it. I need a 70-cent stamp."

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah, how I love word salad for breakfast. I'm thinking of butterfly shaped fritters, for some reason.

Anonymous said...

The employees at my local post office keep an informal list of names their customers use when asking for the "forever" stamps--"eternal," "endless," "immortal," etc. They must have started another list for the fritillaries by now.
--Queen Anne's Lace

Anonymous said...

Laughed till I cried

Packer said...

Repeat After Me: I will have one of those.

And do not mention anything about , well you know to the clerk.

tbunni said...

And I thought fritillary was only a type of flower... Learned something new today, Dr Grumpy. You are one awesome yak herder!

Anonymous said...

All I can think of is "Holy shit, stamps are $.70 now"?!?

Anonymous said...

You think that's bad? Try asking a tattoo artist to put one on your lower back when it's late at night and you've had 10 or 12 Bacardi Breezers.

Anonymous said...

This, in a very small way, gives us a hint of how people feel when they talk to someone in the medical field. Just think about how you have heard people pronounce some of the words we use....It can be fun sometimes to figure out exactly what patients are trying to tell us.

Anonymous said...

I was under the impression that a fritillary was a flower, too. But, it turns out, Fritillaria is a genus name, too, for the fritillaries (of which, some are not so nicely fragrant) and the 'fritillary' refer to 'dice-box' which I am not so sure looks like since the dice we used as children came in Milton-Bradley cardboard. But, we all know what spangled means, and just by looking at the stamp drawing, one might be hard-put to figure out where it fits in.

On the other hand, there are a great many butterflies, and so one might not find it easy to come up with a name that automatically places its form in the imagination. On the other hand, I'm not one to easily conjure butterflies unless someone mentions names like 'black swallowtail', 'monarch', and 'sulphur'. And, I do know that Steve McQueen was an actor in Le (or La?) Papillon. But, how did you know that Cocteau Twins big 1983 hit was 'Great Spangled Fritillary'?

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Jedi Master Ivyan said...

Spangled fritillary sounds like a phrase my great grandfather would have used to describe a fancy dress.

"Dang nabbit, you spent $5 on that spangled fritillary!?"

Anonymous said...

Dear Diary,

Today at work, some guy came up to my counter and asked me if I'd give him a "great spangled fritillary." I had the security guys take him out back and beat him up. Amazing the kind of creeps that are out there.

ronstew said...

Philately (/fɪˈlætəliː/ fi-la-tə-lee) is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items.

Coincidence? I think not!

Anonymous said...

Social butterflies and spangled fritillaries? Sounds like one of those old-fashioned descriptions at Women's Wear Daily.

 
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