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Maybe you’re old enough to remember this 1954 television series, maybe not. It was quite an innovation at the time. It concerned a couple who were killed in an automobile accident, but who came back to complicate the life of their friend Topper. They could appear and disappear at will, which made poor Topper crazy and created a lot of laughs for the loyal viewers.
I’ve often wished I had the gift of being able to disappear, haven’t you? There are times when I’ve wished I could simply vanish, without making an awkward entrance or exit. Perhaps during a long, tedious, and excruciatingly boring lecture of some sort, it would be nice to just POOF! Or maybe you happen to be on a date with someone who makes your skin crawl. POOF! You’re gone, and the nasty guy has no clue where you went. (It was a blind date, of course. No one who has any sense would choose to go out with such an unpleasant sort.) (I don’t remember ever going on a blind date. If I did, I’ve shoved that memory into oblivion.)
Or maybe you’d just like to make PART of yourself disappear, like however many pounds you’re overweight. Now, that would be a vanishing cream that anyone would pay money for, wouldn’t it?
Are there some people you’d like to POOF! out of your life? I don’t have many of those these days. The older you grow, the more selective you become–at least, that’s what has happened for me. The annoying types I run across now and then aren’t really a part of my life, so I can comfortably ignore them. Like the guy last Sunday who was riding our bumper down the main street of a small town. We were looking for a particular restaurant, found it, slowed down to make a left turn. Idiotman behind us (way too closely behind us, driving way too fast) layed/laid on his horn so hard and long you could still hear it after his truck had disappeared.
Layed? Laid? Hmmm. After giving myself a short remedial course on the principal parts of these irregular verbs, I’ve come to the conclusion that neither is appropriate, and that this is an American colloquialism that isn’t grammatically correct no matter which verb you use.
Aren’t you glad you know that? You’re very welcome. And no, I’m not quite sure how I got from disappear to lie/lay. It probably doesn’t matter.