Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Origins of Wednesday xxxvii: black tie optional balloting

The fine line between incredulous
and dubious has been reduced to 
such a wanton scrawl in this e-
lection, that we begin to ignore
the distinction entirely when a
new pronouncement is upon us, and
enjoy a freedom of interpretation
implicit in its promulgation. 

Faced with bizarre information from
our registrars of voters, that bal-
loting is to be black-tie optional
this year - yet another ploy to 
suppress turnout by egalitarians -
it fell to our friend Gérard to find
the permission always laid in plain
sight in that phrase, to adopt a
mode in the display of the identi-
fying tourniquet, as one of mourning.

Jeremy Young

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