Rough Tough Dough

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately addressed: Dear Duff. Just this morning, a student reporter, who said she would be “honored to write a profile on you” started her e-missive with “Dear Duff.” People are being polite, not informal. It’s a common mistake in a place where so many people have the first name of Mohamed, and many take their surnames to identify themselves.

But reading “Dear Duff” puts me in mind of Banquo’s line in MacBeth:

“Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict thyself, and say it is not so.”

To which, my favorite reply would be from Walt Whitman:

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”

Or, as the spokesman for Duff beer says: “Duffman says a lot of things. Ooh Yeah!”


One thought on “Rough Tough Dough

  1. Willard Duff

    Dear Duff,
    This is a scream! I thought dough is pronounced like bread dough, but, your point is well made, I’m gonna look it up and see if the pronunciation depends upon the context. I’m usually wrong when it comes to English. The left field quotes are very appropriate too!
    Very proud to know you son,

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