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  • Sally, having swallowed cheese

    Directs down holes the scented breeze

    Enticing thus with baited breath

    Nice mice to an untimely death.

    --Geoffrey Taylor, Cruel, Clever Cat, 1933

    ...and, get this, from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, (whose publisher could surely afford the services of a proof-reader--sez, we have:

    "The whole common room listened with baited breath."

    September 15, 2007

  • Oh, geez. I'd have proofread the Harry books--if only they'd asked. *indignant*

    September 15, 2007

  • J.K. Rowling can't write! It was a hoax all along!

    September 15, 2007

  • You mean... *wait for it*

    It was all madeupical??

    September 15, 2007

  • Isn't this what fish (and assorted suckers) reek of right before you real them in?

    September 15, 2007

  • Maybe if you reel them in. I don't know about realing them in. ;->

    September 16, 2007

  • D'oh! Good catch.

    September 16, 2007

  • Only because you accidentally caught me being awake. ;-)

    September 16, 2007