A story headline on CNN.com today reads:
“Shirtless Obama snapped on beach.”
For a second, I envisioned Obama running around on a beach without a shirt in the winter, having snapped under the strain of the looming presidency, gone completely insane.
A second later, I realized the headline meant that he had been “snapped” — his picture taken by a photographer.
This reminds me of an old article telling about a priest who enjoyed contemplative thought while standing under the stars at night in front of his church.
The article said, “The minister was drinking in the night air.”
His parishioners thought he had become a lush.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: “It is not enough to write so you can be understood. You must write so that you cannot be misunderstood.”