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Since we’re all suffering through the verbal salad of wall-to-wall babble about debt ceilings and entitlements, the words that mean something other than what they are have been all too much a part of our lives recently. I must say, when John McCain stated on the Senate floor that ‘”some of us have been in this body less than seven months,” I had to start chortling at the admission that these crazees really are Aliens.

The ways we put things always gets through my serious side, and although I worked for many years in the legal field, I never can repress a snort when someone sends “the papers for your execution.”  Then you’re supposed to sign them in front of some witnesses or a notary!  My mom didn’t have anyone that foolish!

Do you have any favorite unconsciously funny ways of expressing things? Or favorite gaffes, like a local dance studio that put up a sign announcing the dates for the coming “Spring Rectal”?

But I’m not all about fun this week. I’ve been looking into doing something end-of-life final, and donating my body to a medical school. This came up while looking at some funeral arrangements with a friend who is going through a family death, it’s something that’s bound to come up for all of us one of these days. I’d always casually told my family that I have absolutely no wish to have a funeral, but then I wrote a letter to that effect to formalize my wish.

Discussions with your doctor is what really needs to take place. Although there are firms that will actively solicit a bequest of this nature, I find that when any actual medical school needs study material – you – rather than they have to pay for what you donate as a gift.

I’d be interested in knowing what sort of discussions of this nature you ever had with your family or physician? And have you ever done a Living Will to make things easier on the family in case, heaven forbid, you have an accident? Yes, I did this when I traveled to some dangerous areas a few years back.

If you like, we can go back to things that make you laugh. Another goodie that cropped up in legalese was an attorney who discussed – with a straight face – the question of whether the deceased was alive at the time of his death.No, I’m not making that one up.  You can see how it might be a question though, surely?

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.