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In this article, Myra Mann of New York, an honorable-mention winner in the Dec. 11 Style Invitational, was misidentified as Charles Mann of Falls Church.
Pre-tenders: More honorable mentions from Week 843 of The Style Invitational
More "prefrains," lines that might precede the first line of a book, poem or song:
"Excuse me, ma'am, I think you forgot to tear off the toilet tissue before you left the ladies' room:
"There's a long, long trail a-winding . . .
-- "There's a Long, Long Trail," by Stoddard King (Mae Scanlan, Washington)
And why did Brett Favre come out of retirement this time?
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
-- "The Old Man and the Sea," by Ernest Hemingway (Myra Mann, New York)
We found out about the inflatable breast implants too late:
It was the day my grandmother exploded.
-- "The Crow Road," by Iain M. Banks (Tom Lacombe, Browntown, Va.)
Now that we're making crystal meth,
We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee . . .