Making the same mistake he’s made before, Senior Editor J, from the living room, loudly excoriates the State Journal editorial page for its extreme worthlessness.
Other-Senior Editor D pipes up from the kitchen, “Usage! Usage! Once a thing is worthless, that’s the end state. It can’t get ‘worth less‘ after it’s already worthless. Ergo, the phrase ‘extreme worthlessness’ contains a useless adjective.”
“Well, the words just spring to mind — ‘Extreme Worthlessness!’ Believe me, it happens to everyone…”
“Not to me. Is ‘extreme worthlessness’ different from ‘worthlessness’?”
“You are a stickler, you know that?”
“Yes, Senior Editor J, I am. You are extremely correct.”
“Now you’re just mocking me! What if I say that you, D, are entirely perfect.”
“Well, thank you, I suppose I am.” ♥