If I may, without being indelicate: My wife asked me to scratch her back.
I had difficulty in following her directions to the aggrieved spot, and suggested we use United States geography as a referent.
We know from S. I. Hayakawa (Language in Thought and Action, 1949) that the map is not the territory, but the configuration of the Lower 48 is a pretty good match for the human back. We have Washington State over the left shoulder, Maine over the right, the backbone standing in for the Mississippi, and so on.
The plan was marred in execution by my wife’s complete ignorance of
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