When Captain Sergeant met Sergeant Captain

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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2nd February, 2014 Leave a Comment

Bob Newhart as Major Major Major Major.

The letter to the editor of the year so far comes from the Times of London.

A response to a string of correspondence on the subject of honorifics, it just about matches the fictional character Major Major Major Major from Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22.

From one Rutton Viccajee, of Surrey, the letter reads:

Sir, My mother (maiden name Captain) served as a sergeant in a division of the British Army in India during the war. So she was Sergeant Captain. In the same division was a Captain Sergeant. There was even a rumour they had a soft spot for each other. Fortunately she married someone with a far more sensible and pronounceable surname.

Humour site The Poke has collected a bunch of other A-grade letters to the editor here.

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