Sunday, January 15, 2006

I deliver venom to the host--am I poisonous?

Via AFP, we find out that some crazy fool is going to try to set a world's record by kissing a "poisonous" snake: "A Malaysian snake charmer said he will attempt to break the world record by kissing a poisonous snake 50 times in 10 minutes." The problem here is that the snake isn't "poisonous," it's venomous. If the snake is "poisonous," it won't matter if the snake is venomous or not--the poison may be delivered without the necessity of the snake's biting the man. You would think professional writers would understand the difference.

Of course, if the venomous snake bit the man, he might get nauseated (not "nauseous"--remember that one, for there will be a quiz). The King's English is going down the tubes!!!