Friday, June 30, 2006

Always a crossword between them

It's probably hokey that I found this "Vows" story in the New York Times so cute. But I'm a sucker for word lover romance.
Ask Jessica Switzer and Gregory Pliska to find a synonym for love, and chances are they could come up with a dictionary's worth.

For as long as either can remember they have had a passion for words. And through words they discovered a passion for each other.

Though they had both attended the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, Conn., for years, they did not meet until March 2005, when Mr. Pliska's gaze fell upon Ms. Switzer, who was seated nearby in the room full of fast thinkers and human dictionaries.

During a break he struck up a conversation with her. Soon he had convinced her to stay for dinner and after-competition activities, which included a cutthroat game of Boggle.
I'm terrible at crosswords, I'll admit. But a cutthroat game of Boggle? That's high on my list of perfect date activities.


At 2:25 PM, June 30, 2006, Anonymous Frolic said...

You forgot the next paragraph:

"And once they confirmed that both they and their respective parents had Ivy League degrees and large bank accounts, they decided to get married."

Sorry, I couldn't help. I find the vows column both grotesquely fascinating and deeply humbling.

At 2:32 PM, June 30, 2006, Blogger Nicole said...

It's like reading about zoo animals that are fascinatingly foreign but close enough to touch.

At 6:34 PM, June 30, 2006, Anonymous dangermike said...

Do not ever play online Boggle. For real, it will take over your life. Resist.

At 6:41 PM, June 30, 2006, Blogger Nicole said...

Oh, I go through Weboggle stages. I'll play it for hours at a time, days on end. Then I'll forget about it for a couple of months. (Thank God.) You're right; it's so addictive.

At 9:31 PM, July 03, 2006, Anonymous rknil said...

I hear page designers play fierce games of Pictionary when they are on dates.

At 11:15 PM, July 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is completely unrelated to your post, but, i just discovered your site (i'm a fellow copy editor-- former page designer-- in oregon) and would like your opinion on a vexing word problem. A higher-up today told me not to change "America" to "the U.S." (etc.) I'll withold my rant and defer to your words of wisdom ...


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