Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Is "One" Really The Loneliest Number?

Dear Poe Nose:

If one really is the loneliest number, then how can two be as sad as one, or be the loneliest number since the number one? Wouldn't the term "loneliest" convey an absolute rather than a relative value? I'm confused.

J. Hodgman


Dear J:

You have to remember that Three Dog Night, the band that made this song an earworm for depressives everywhere, reached the height of fame during the late Sixties/early Seventies. Obviously the period's appreciation of recreational herbs and spices was good to them, and the semiotics of their lyrics fell by the wayside as a result.

Also, may I suggest getting out of the house for awhile? Because pondering the semiotics of a 70's song lyric -- that's whacked, dude.

The Poe Nose

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