Tuesday, September 23, 2008

There's Only One Way to Say It?

Okay, I'm just warning you but this post may come across a little "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey"-esque. So what's the deal with the strict way we refer to couples once they have coupled? In other words, I have these friends who are couples and whenever I refer to them as a couple, like "I'm going over to Heidi & Akhtar's," I never say it the other way around, "Akhtar and Heidi's." Why is that? It's Steve & Phuong, Row & Suger, Denise & Jeff, Mike & Agnes, Tom & Ag, Sunil & Steffi, the list goes on. I would never say Phuong and Steve's house. That just doesn't make sense. Do you think it has to do with who we think is the "heavy" in the relationship or is it simply whatever flows better? Because I know that many people use my combinations. I mean, who ever says, "Judith & Tommy's"? It's always Tommy & Judith's. Sit on that for a second or two and you'll see what I mean. Groundbreaking, right?

2 comments:

corn walker said...

Okay, I think you're starting to lose it. Step away from the keyboard...

Say them out loud and you'll see the question is more rhetorical than anything. The trick it, try to find a name to match with Heidi or Akhtar where you would reverse them. For example, "I'm going to Akhtar and _______ place." Once you're able to do that you too can be a certified philologist.

Elizabeth said...

okay, i had to look up philologist. whatever smarty pants. not all of us can write things about philologists. some of us just get tipsy on wine after work and write nonsense.