Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

Language Update: "Disheveled"

Stan Freberg here with a language update. A sloppy person is sometimes described as being "disheveled." Fine. But the word got me to thinking. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg again. The other day I wondered why the word "job" and the Biblical character "Job" are both spelled "j-o-b." I said to deal with the English language, you have to have the patience of job.

Now I'm wondering about the word "disheveled" to describe a rumpled, wrinkled person. "Disheveled." Fine. But then, if someone is just the opposite, say, "neat," are they "sheveled"?

If wearers of grunge clothing--which is out now, by the way--are "disheveled," was Fred Astaire "sheveled"? You better believe it!

Most of the casts of "Friends" and "Seinfeld" are disheveled. Newt Gingrich is disheveled. John Kennedy, Jr., is sheveled. So was his dad. So was Cary Grant. Ah, there was a sheveled person.

Next to him, we're all disheveled.

Stan Freberg here.

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