commented on Dear Elliott Bay Books: Please Be Open the Hours You're Open
Besides my high-end Professorial Life, I also tend bar. Sometimes, the bar is dead-empty, not a soul in the place but me and Mayor Daley at 1:00 am. We are open till 2:00 am. A random customer comes in, asks me if we're still open, and I reply "Hell yes." If we started closing the doors before our legal closing time just because no one was there, or because I wanted to get some rest after my 20 hour day (the day job starts early), then the next time someone wanted a drink at 1:00 am (or a book at 9:57) he or she would go somewhere else or not come out at all. You're open the hours you're open. All but two employees can go home (someone to work the register, whoever's managing the joint), but if you're open till 10, lock the door at 10. Then be as passive-aggressive Seattley as you need to be to get the last-minute shopper out the door. And don't tell me that one or two employees of any retail establishment don't stay for an hour or more after closing to count out, run the register tapes, etc. Gotta back up Christopher on this.
commented on Ye Olde Wordes
All of these words, in these senses, are well known to anyone who regularly does the New York Times or other high-end crossword puzzles. Crosswords preserve old vocabulary for the harder-clued days, and do a lot to preserve odds and ends of the language. For anyone who's still paying attention.