A Very Large Telescope, Verily Said

The frequent usage of the adjective “very” is something some English teachers abhor, even going so far as to state that the very user might as well substitute the word damn. We disagree. There is a large cutting-edge telescope somewhere atop a south American mountain and it’s called a VLT. One guess allowed as to what the V stands for. Now, does that very abhorring English teacher want the telescope renamed the DLT?

The VLT was created to peer into the recesses of the space above us which in effect is looking into the universe’s past, into the first recorded syllable of time, which for believers like us is the syllable/word ‘let’ as in “Let there be light.” Shakespeare’s MacBeth, philosophized about the last recorded syllable of time which if we could place a wager upon (uncollectable, of course) would be the syllable/word ‘end’ as in “The End”. Though, maybe, it would be ‘light’ as in “The last person to leave, please turn out the light.”.

February 16th update: the sinus operation was successful, many polyps and boogers were removed. And as we pointed out earlier the knife was… very small. Did that make him a coward? If someone assaulted JM with a microscopic knife, would JM be laughed out of the DA’s office? In his defense it should be pointed out that we are made of very delicate stuff and very delicate stuff can be fatally injured by very small things. The stuff of daydreams, for instance, is made of very delicate material and what happens when our dreams are cut? Nothing, some would argue. Daydreams, if they could be embodied, are more like mist or fog, and the only cutting tool for fog is called a “fog-cutter” and is solely used by very drunken workmen.

By now, the reader is probably wishing, the authors had heeded the advice of that long ago English teacher. No, we will not. If an unrelenting use of the words ‘teeny tiny’ can sell boo-koo books, then maybe there is hope for us overusing the simple, short, and easily understood word. There is a second definition of very. It can used to mean the same or exact thing or person as in “Hamish? The very man we were speaking of” but that has always struck us as an old-fashioned usage, rather like the British using ‘rather’ as an intensifier as in, “That’s a telescope? Rather large isn’t it?” Of course, it is. It’s an RLT.

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