Yesterday, I received a really nice e-mail from another Thom-with-an-h. In crafting my reply to him, I noted my observation that more Thoms-with-an-h seem to be gay than would be statistically expected, and that the same appears to be true for Jons-without-an-h.
Just the day before, I had watched a couple of TiVo-recorded episodes of Good Eats, one about tomatoes and one about apples, in both of which Alton Brown discussed the antioxidants within these fruits that help guard against the deleterious effects of free radicals in our body chemistry and aging process.
Both of these events occuring together in the space of a day brought to mind that I used to wonder why more Thoms-with-an-h and Jons-without don’t then end up together, in some sort of linguistic equivalent of the chemical process of
propagation and coupling of free radicals, with the h functioning as an orthographic electron.
From Arlington, Virginia, this is Thom. With an h. But, unfortunately, without a Jon. And you’ve been listening to Elf-Indulgent Radio.