Friday, April 04, 2008

Not The Only Smithsonian Mistake

A fifth grader is being heralded for pointing out a mistake in a Smithsonian display.

However, it is not the Institution's only fast and loose use of the English language.

Recently, I looked into the docent program at the Air and Space Museum.

The brochure made it sound as if they were in desperate need of volunteer guides.

However, when I contacted them, it was like, "O, we have no need for anymore at our facility in Washington, try Chantilly."

Thus, isn't it false advertising to say in the brochure, "Frankly, we could use your help" when they really have no need for it?

Frankly, what person in there right mind is going to travel 30 or 40 miles for a gig that doesn't pay one dime, especially the way gas prices are?

by Frederick Meekins

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