A month back, I wrote a short story asking whether a new $100 bill would be harder to counterfeit than a $100 poker chip. “Unsurprisingly, the Benjamin is the most counterfeited denomination,” I wrote.
Then hell broke loose.
I got a snail mail letter from a reader. No return address. Three stamps. Inside the envelope I found my story, with the word “unsurprisingly” underlined in purple marker and followed by a purple question mark and exclamation point. Also a purple note reading “There is NO such word! It’s ‘not surprinsingly.’ Did you graduate 3rd grade? Moron!”
(1) The note was printed on stationary that read, “Nearly 80% of UNLV students do not use Marijuana." Perhaps the note’s author would benefit from joining the other 20 percent.
(2) “Unsurprisingly” is a word, according to Merriam-Webster.
(3) Let’s all try to be a little more judicious with our exclamation points.