This is what my dad got for Christmas, and I'm totally jealous! This is it. I'm going to learn how to motorcycle-ride if its the last thing I do. (And hopefully it won't be!) Which brings me to a random thought I've often pondered. We call bicycles "bikes." We call motorcycles "bikes." There should be a different word. The only problem is that the logical abbreviation for motorcycle, following the pattern of bicycle=bike is motorcycle=mike, and that just won't do. That reminds me of something really funny I read in the paper today, which I hope won't offend my parents if they read this. (As a disclaimer, I have nothing against the vice president--I'm sure he's a nice guy) That said, the newspaper article (I think it was the Post, so no surprises here) was talking about the comedian lady on CNN who was broadcasting live with Anderson Cooper and how she got really upset by a heckler in the audience and started spouting profanities. Apparently she made some sort of awful comment and used the D-word (not that one, the other one) on live television. The newspaper article then said that "CNN normally refrains from airing the D-word except in reference to the vice president." It wasn't meant to be a joke, but I burst out laughing so hard, and couldn't stop for a long time. Poor Dick Cheney. Then again, he could go by "Richard" if he really wanted to.
Anyway, what was I talking about? Oh yes, motorcycles. (Drool, drool...) There really ought to be a better word than "bike" to describe such a magnificent machine, and to quell confusion in conversation. For now I guess we'll just have to call Dad's new Harley a hawwg.