Mighty Red Pen

October 3, 2008

You say it’s your blogiversary, it’s my blogiversary, too.

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:03 pm
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In evidence that you can teach an old MRP new tricks, just this week, I learned the expression “procrustean bed.” It so did not mean what I thought it would mean. So I’d like to observe MRP’s second blogiversary (it was sometime last week) with a little fun. Those of you who already know what “procrustean bed” means may have an advantage . . . and you may not. Those who do not already know, no fair cheating by looking it up.

Please write a sentence using the term “procrustean bed,” applying whatever definition you know or create. The most creative one will win!


And a special hat tip to all my readers. I’ve appreciated every one of you for your loyal readership, your great submissions, and your lively comments over the past two years. ¡Gracias!



  1. Walking into his dorm room, I realized that there was no way I could sleep – or do anything else – on that procrustean bed.

    Comment by Betsy — October 3, 2008 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

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  3. Here’s a shot, based on a children’s book I just read: William’s little brother aimed to get tall quickly by such mechanisms as eating ten apples per day and standing in the garden under the sprinkler — everything short of lying in a Procrustean bed.

    Comment by helen's dad — October 5, 2008 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  4. When your mum used to cut the crusts off sandwiches, back when you were little, the crusts got sent to the procrustean bed in the sky: it’s like heaven for crusts.

    Comment by Izzy — October 5, 2008 @ 10:29 am | Reply

  5. The sandwich comes served couched in a procrustean bed of lettuce and cottage cheese.

    Comment by tk. — October 5, 2008 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  6. Too often in writing for MRP’s editorial pen, I find myself laying my words on a procrustean bed: either I will explain myself fully and go too long or be succinct and thus fail to convey the complexities of the circumstances I report.

    Comment by David — October 7, 2008 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  7. The crabs all lived happily together on the procrustean bed, surely?

    Comment by JD — October 8, 2008 @ 6:36 am | Reply

  8. Oh, and happy blogiversary – can we expect the terrible twos now?

    Comment by JD — October 8, 2008 @ 6:36 am | Reply

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