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Mistakes, She’s Made (More Than) a Few


I received the following email. Let’s just say that I won’t be responding, and neither should you. The number of mistakes boggles my mind.

Hope you caught the song-lyric reference in the title.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

Attn: Beloved,
Good morning,


Greetings in the name of humanity, I am Mrs. Deborah Calvert Herman a citizen of Australia but presently in the Malaysia,used to beworking for the federal government, I am 50 years old, I am now anew Christian but from all indication, my health condition is really deteriorating and it is quite severe because i been suffering for a long time from cancer of the Lungs, from obvious diagnosis,I won't live more than 1 year, according to my doctors, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.

My late husband died last five years ago, and during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth.

The doctors has advised me that I may not live for more than 1 year, so I now decided to divide the part of this wealth to contribute to the development of the church in Africa, America Asia, and Europe.

I selected you after visiting the website and I prayed over it. I am willing to donate the sum of $25,000.000.00u.usd (twenty five million United States dollars) to the less privileged.

Please I want you to note that this fund is lying in a security company in Malaysia. Once i hear from you, I will forward to you all the information you will use to get fund released from the security company and to be transferred to your account.

I honestly pray that this money when transferred to your account will be used for the said purpose, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without humility, all is vanity.

Please provide me with the following information so I can forward it to a church attorney who used to work at times for my late husband's lawyer.

He is diligent and a Christian so I am confident he is going to handle the transaction with you and lead, advice you on how to secure the funds in your favor.

Information needed:
Full name...................................
Full address......................................
Company and address:...........................
Marital status:...............................
Religion:..........................................
Sex:...................................................
Fax no..............................................
Phone no:............................................



I await your urgent reply. (debh0mmh@gmail.com)
Your sister
Mrs. Deborah Calvert Herman

May 23, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Gideons’ Biblical Redundancy


Wherever I travel, the Gideons are sure to follow, placing a Holy Bible in my hotel room. I wondered about the Gideons, so I looked it up. Gideons International is an evangelical Christian organization founded 1899 in Janesville, Wisc. The Gideons’ primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible free of charge, which they started doing in 1908. Wikipedia says the Bibles are in 199 countries and in 93 languages.

What I want to know is: What kind of contract did they sign that allows them to place a book in every hotel room? How many years does the contract last? Can I get a deal like that?

But I digress.

I wondered if Holy Bible is redundant, so I looked up bible in the dictionary. It means “the scared scriptures of Christians comprising the Old Testament and the New Testament.” It also means “the sacred scriptures of some other religion.”

I looked up sacred, and sure enough, holy is a synonym. I looked up holy, and sacred is a synonym.

I wonder if the Gideons realize that they’re placing a Holy Holy Bible or a Holy Sacred Bible or a Sacred Sacred Bible in every room.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

March 2, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You Can’t Cancel Christmas


The other day, I heard my favorite morning radio talk show hosts, Heidi and Frank, take a call from someone who, as a child, misbehaved enough that the parents took down all the Christmas decorations and returned the presents. The caller said her parents “canceled Christmas.”

Cancel means, in this sense, “to call off, usually without expectation of conducting or performing at a later time.”

But you can’t cancel Christmas. It comes every Dec. 25, no matter what.

What you can do, however, is cancel the celebration associated with the day, and that’s what the caller meant.

Too bad that’s not what she said.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

December 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment