In the City, in some manner or the other, all talk is a gasping-for-air.
There was this City guy who thought “apocryphal” meant an “unsubstantiated pharmacist.”
To the average City mind, all change is a perversion.
From the List of Nevers: Never trust anyone who’s not smarter than you.
Another example of the City dichotomy between their reality and perception thereof:
An unranked fighter in a title match is asked how he can take his chances seriously in light of the overwhelming odds the bookmakers have given him, and he says, “All I gotta do is beat the champ, not the odds.” Almost sounds profound, but in cosmopolitan contests, go with the odds, not with a clever quip from a canvas-back bum.