Wanda Snefferseece, email

A LAWYER named Strange died, and his friend asked the tombstone maker to inscribe on his stone: ‘Here lies Strange, an honest man, and a lawyer.’

The inscriber insisted that such an inscription would be confusing, for passers-by would tend to think that three men were buried under the stone.

Instead, he suggested an alternative: He would inscribe: ‘Here lies a man who was both honest and a lawyer.’

“That way,” the inscriber explained, “whenever anyone walks by the tombstone and reads it, they would be certain to remark: ‘That’s Strange.’”