Mr Stimpson didn’t seem to feel like answering yesterday’s question very thoroughly:
“We often hear a person described as the spitting image of another. The phrase is believed to be an incorrect variation of spit and image, which became first sp’t’n image and then spitting image. There appears to be no foundation for the belief that spitting in spitting image is a corruption of spirit.”
Well, that was a masterful paragraph on the art of saying nothing more. But perhaps Stimpson’s next question was already knawing at him. After all, doppelgangers are found everywhere, and most of us avoid mirrors, but we all wonder and worry about money. And here’s hoping that Stimpson’s two cents on the word cent prove more conclusive than his spitting about spitting.