Your RDA of Irony

Will the Editors Notice?

I am working on two magazine articles.  The topic of one is Genghis Khan and the other is on William Safire.  Whether it is the ravages of middle age or the demands of the deadlines, I am starting to blur the assignments.


Here is what I have written so far:

Article I:  The Word Conqueror

Genghis’ first assignment did not go well.  To his terror, he was immediately summoned to the office of Pat Buchanan. Buchanan looked both surprised and relieved by Genghis’ appearance.  “With the name Khan I thought that you might be a Jew.”  However his smile immediately resumed its customary snarl.

“The President needs a speech for a Boy Scout jamboree and this is what you wrote. 

The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.

“Listen, kid, Nixon wants a tougher speech than that!”


Article II:  Lend Me Your Ears or I Will Cut Them Off

William Safire ordered the massacre of Samarkand’s population when the citizens consistently confused flout with flaunt.

  1. Bob Kincaid says:

    There’s a difference between the two, apart from Khan’s obvious superiority in Mongol grammar? Who KNEW?!

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