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Wiccan Real Estate:

From the listing for 833 22nd Street South, Arlington, VA: "A Charming house witch has been updated ..."

Modus Ponens:
Very lame.

So lame in fact that I felt compelled to circumvent your ban on me just so that I could be the first to tell you how lame this is.

As rule, typos have to be seriously egregious or uncommonly susceptible to alternative and humorous interpretations in order to justify lampooning them.

See, e.g., this academic paper.
12.30.2008 8:46am
FantasiaWHT:
Gee, and I thought this sort of humor dried up at a country club in the '50s too.
12.30.2008 8:59am
karrde (mail) (www):
How are they going to sell the Updated House Witch without running afoul of the Thirteenth Amendment?
12.30.2008 9:25am
Gabriel McCall (mail):
My local paper once posted an ad for a used farm truck and various accessories. "Comes with snowplow blade and front wench." And here I'd thought that style of vehicle ornamentation died with the Vikings.
12.30.2008 9:42am
Paul A'Barge (mail):
You blogged about a spelling error in a newspaper?
12.30.2008 10:29am
Lawman (mail):
Prof,
Thanks for the levity.
12.30.2008 10:52am
Forgotten Password:
I guess I thought the joke was asking $470,000 for a 90+ year old 2-bedroom shack with a straight face in a real estatae market that has only begun to return to historical norms, is not there yet, and is sure to overshoot to the downside. Oh, but it has fresh paint...

(On the other hand, If I owned that dump today, I'd want to sell before tommorrow, too. Having come to that realization, I'd probably be more motivated than to ask $470,000)
12.30.2008 11:32am
fortyninerdweet (mail):
And apparently only one window was "updated"? Maybe neighborhood kids were playing baseball? "Charming" indeed.
12.30.2008 12:05pm
Unabashed (mail):

I guess I thought the joke was asking $470,000 for a 90+ year old 2-bedroom shack with a straight face in a real estatae market that has only begun to return to historical norms, is not there yet, and is sure to overshoot to the downside. Oh, but it has fresh paint...

(On the other hand, If I owned that dump today, I'd want to sell before tommorrow, too. Having come to that realization, I'd probably be more motivated than to ask $470,000)


It places it in still a more humerous light when you do the math. Just pennies under $495 a square foot!!! I'd think you'd have to be bewitched to go for that one.
12.30.2008 12:30pm
Syd Henderson (mail):
No, the witch has been updated. She was behind the times; thought FDR was still president.
12.30.2008 12:41pm
R:
I find the labeling to be offensive. Can't we get beyond this whole "house witch" vs. "field witch" thing?
12.30.2008 12:55pm
Brooks Lyman (mail):
James Taranto of the WSJ generally has a bunch of this sort of humor on his "Best of the Web Today" e-newsletter. so I guess it's not dead yet.
12.30.2008 1:14pm
Roger Schlafly (www):
A typo or misspelling by itself is not funny, unless it introduces a new meaning. This one is funny because of the word "charming", which can describe a witch casting a spell.
12.30.2008 1:18pm
einhverfr (mail) (www):
I don't know. I would think that "A charming house witch has been updated" suggests something more from the personals section than the real estate classifieds....
12.30.2008 2:33pm
neurodoc:
Professor Bernstein, are you back in the house-hunting business again, or just tracking NoVa real estate trends?
12.30.2008 2:41pm
Hoosier:
If this is being offered by someone named "Summersisle," don't buy it! (If you have a penis.)
12.30.2008 4:10pm
Hoosier:
"Summerisle"

But I wouldn't take the chance with either.
12.30.2008 4:11pm
DavidBernstein (mail):
Neuro, just still on a mailing list from when I was in the market.
12.30.2008 6:30pm
JohnKT (mail):
Well, the post got a smile from me.
12.31.2008 3:36pm

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