envelope was addressed to "Occupant" and emblazoned on the outside as follows:
"What four-letter word begins with 'f' and is guaranteed to catch people's
attention?" I tore it open.
One who shows himself or herself, by words or actions, to
be deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding; a stupid or thoughtless
One who acts unwisely on a given occasion.
Inside was an advertising circular entitled,
All right then, I thought to myself, what four-letter word
begins with 'f' and is guaranteed to offend people?
"Fool," of course.
Someone in my distant childhood told me never to call any
person a fool. Most likely it was a Sunday school teacher, citing
a passage from the Sermon on the Mount ("...but whosoever shall say, 'Thou
fool,' shall be in danger of hellfire").
Good advice. And easy to take; although, at least
in my case, "danger of hell fire" has nothing to do with the matter.
It's just that, considering the way I fall for messages on the outside
of junk mail and in view of the stunts I have pulled (see, for example,
I am hardly qualified to call anybody else a fool.