MOST MORNINGS, AFTER MY EARLY WALK AND AFTER BREAKFAST, I walk the neighborhood with my friend Vince, who lives around the corner at the farthest end of our dead end. His house, you might say, is deader than mine. He has an unusual speech mannerism that I am slowly getting used to; in a thirty-minute walk, he will use the term “in any event” at least eight times. I take this to be the outward sign of an educated man, since he is a retired Medieval literature professor (Chaucer, et al). Most of us would say “at any rate,” but he uses the professorial vernacular. Similarly, I knew a judge once, an overly garrulous fellow, whose speech was much too laden with the sloppy term “you know.” I once sat in his courtroom for an hour and kept count: forty-three “you know”s from the bench. I must not have had much to do that day. Then there is my dear spouse, whose home office is next to mine, and who spends an undue amount of time on the telephone dealing with feral cat related problems. Her favorite transitional word during these conversations seems to be “anyway“ as in “so anyway, then we blah blah blah.” For the record, I am not complaining about these speech idiosyncrasies. I have my own issues, as I am needlessly bilingual: English and profanity.