I must be getting too old.
I had no idea what an aglet was... didn't care. Never spent a day
thinking about one. What caught me about this thread was that Karl
makes an off handed innocent reference/guess to a region by direction
when trying to find out what an aglet actually is or does, and panties
knot so tightly that the thread generates more activity than those
dedicated to wood working.
I thought the original post was interesting and kind of fun, but I
think now I don't want anything to do with aglets. It seems that it
is a much hotter topic than I would have ever guessed it to be.
Sadly, I am not well traveled and as a result I don't think too hard
on regional references. I enjoy them. Around here, we laugh about
our regional references, idioms and colloquialisms and get a kick out
of something being "a Southern thing". A shortcoming on my part, no
doubt. I will endeavor to be more watchful for regional or even area
references in the future to make sure my Southerness isn't impugned.
And I looked up "aglet". Although I have been wearing shoes and boots
now for several years, I have decided from reading all of this that I
don't see what the fuss is about when talking about "the plastic deal
on the end of the laces that keeps them from unraveling".
How does anyone get sensitive when talking about a fricking