Saturday, October 2, 2010

The handing off of family heirlooms

What the heck is an heirloom, anyway? The dictionary says it's an item "that has been in a family for generations."

Here is what the Word Detective has to say about it.

Today, I passed down to my heiress some family items that included china, silver, dainty tea napkins, and a Raggedy Andy doll made for me by my mother. Said doll is naked, his clothes having literally fallen from his body, one-armed, bald, and with the remnants of glue stuck to the side of one eye.

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