The Voice From the Cheap Seats

The fact that I found this humorous should tell you how deep into intellectual Hell I am at the moment:

Syntax professor: [droning on about the difference between the -ly suffix in ‘quickly’ and in ‘manly’; in the former it makes an adjective an adverb and was originally ‘-like’ and in the latter it makes a noun an adjective and was originally ‘-litch’ meaning ‘body’ or ‘form’]
Syntax Professor: So, if we have a litch field, what is that?
Moi: A cemetery?
Syntax Professor: Exactly.
Moi: So the richest county in Connecticut [Litchfield County] was once a cemetery?
Syntax Professor: Yup. People are dying to move there.
Rest of class: [groan]

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