Wordplay: The writing on your (Facebook) wall
Today's 'writings' are not what they used to be. There are 'texts,' 'tweets' and 'posts,' and walls are not what they used to be either.
The key part of the well-known phrase “the writing was on the wall” − which is, according to most lexicons, an idiom that presages “imminent doom or misfortune” − is the verb “to be,” in the past simple (“was”) tense. Only by virtue of that “was,” with hindsight, do mere words inscribed on a partition become validated, and...
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