The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 57

She read from the article: “The Linguistic Binary Self-selection Theory asserts that character, taste, and mental aptitude strongly correlate with the amount of enjoyment a person derives from pronouncing one of two words.”

“Which words?” he asked.

“The first word is ‘Bob.'”

“Bob,” he said.

They looked at each other.

“Bob,” he said again and chuckled.

“The second-”

“Bob.”

“The second is-”

“Bob. Bob. Bob.” His mouth moved like a fish’s. He rocked back on his heels chortling and started pacing around the room.

“Bob. Bob.”

She watched him for a moment then turned her eyes back to the page. She slid her finger along the second word and carefully pronounced, “Ses qui pe dal i an.”

She smiled.

“Sesquipedalian,” she said.

“Bob,” he said. And laughed.

The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 56

It was difficult to have a conversation with him. He was either interrupting and rushing ahead or lagging and needing to be caught up. He was out of breath, and he perspired. A lot.

He wasn’t so much inventor as explorer. What he’d found was unmistakably not a time machine. It would be misleading to call it a boat or even a raft. It was more of a time flotation device.

With some metaphorical kicking he could maneuver around a bit, but the current was too strong to go anywhere it didn’t want you. The net result was a murky top-down view of present circumstances coupled with a startlingly clear perspective regarding the general course of things to come.

That which buoyed him made it difficult to submerge and engage without considerable effort. People just thought he was distracted, impatient, and in need of a good cardio-respiratory regimen.