I was going through some receipts and other junk on my desk. I found a receipt from the vet for Cosmo’s lampshade cone collar thingy — you know the thing that keeps him from chewing on himself? Anyway it turns out there’s a technical name for it that Derb might find amusing. They actually call it an “Elizabethan collar.” I can understand why, but I find it pretty amusing that this is probably the last non-ironic or kitschy use of the term. Then again, I’m sure that by saying this I will be deluged with examples of other usages.