The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

When Brevity Breeds Ambiguity

Posted on | April 25, 2012 | 11 Comments

by Smitty

It’s 0220. Mrs. Other Smitty just returned from a trip, and we’re trying to get settled. Here is a message on Twitter from somebody whose initials are DM:

Now, I’ve met the lady in question, and so I’m relatively less creeped out by DM, than, say, DWS.

Let me be clear:

  • RSM and I are not swapping love notes.
  • The non-swappable, non-existent love notes will not be delivered to Debbie M.
  • Initials and acronyms can and will be used to comic effect.

That is all.


11 Responses to “When Brevity Breeds Ambiguity”

  1. Anamika
    April 25th, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    No matter what, brevity is the soul of wit.

    And always will be.

  2. Info
    April 25th, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Perhaps she’s trying to tell our proprietor to angle for the ambassadorship to Dominica rather than Vanuatu?  (Dominica websites end in .dm)

  3. Lisa Graas
    April 25th, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    WHOOSH! Right over m’ head!

  4. Adobe_Walls
    April 25th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    I thought you were taller than Pagan.

  5. Lisa Graas
    April 25th, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

     Don’t pick on me. I’m a privileged Other McCain reader. I received a private, emailed explanation of this post from the author himself. So there. :-p

  6. PaulLemmen
    April 25th, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    Sexual ambiguity?

  7. Adobe_Walls
    April 25th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Actually I was picking on Pagan

  8. Lisa Graas
    April 25th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    ok 😉

  9. smitty
    April 25th, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    No, ambiguity about whether ‘DM’ is ‘Direct Message’, or the person who Tweeted.

  10. Quartermaster
    April 25th, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    Is DADT in force here?

  11. richard mcenroe
    April 26th, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    Dorothy Malone appreciated the discretion, Smitty.