“When people reach meddle age they get closer to their family.”

Typing an “i” instead of an “e” would have given this student a perfectly okay, albeit not universally true, statement.

She has presented us instead with two gifts: arguably a more accurate comment, and a WONDERFUL new term.

This is another instance when the error has to be corrected but much will be lost thereby.

A p.s., for all lovers of useful new terms: the young daughter of a friend of mine asked her one day, “Mother, have you reached the age of metaphor?” Is metaphor too far from menopause, her intended meaning, or is this another error worth adopting?

Meddle age has its poetic side.

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About RAB

Teacher of English writing and literature (college-level); academic-freedom activist; editor and copy editor; theater director, costumer, actress, playwright. View all posts by RAB

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