“House of Verbs, Don speaking,” he said to the backshop guy on the internal line. “We have a special tonight on adjectives … three for a dollar.” Don was one of the more playful News Editors that I answered to in fourteen years of copy editor work on daily news-papers.
One. He had an odds-on chance that any caller on that line would be not only a member of the International Typographical Union but also a backshop printer who knew Don. Don liked to laugh.
Two. Don made up his patter on the spot. I could see it in his eyes. House of Verbs was a one-time inspiration.
But here it is, and here he is. And here I am. And you, the most important person of all. The reader.
House of Verbs. Open again, under new management.