When she was little Margo thought the phrase was “kitten caboodle,” thought it was some fancy term for the cat carrier they stuffed Pumpkin into for trips to the vet. Later, she heard her high school English teacher say “all intensive purposes,” and she  was relieved to know that she was not the only native English speaker to mutilate common idioms. That memory helped a little when she blurted “regulate” instead of “relegate” during a tirade about some resources being removed from the budget of the corporation for which she served as general consul. Afterwards, Margo slumped back to her office, adjusted the degree from Harvard that hung above her desk, and stretched like Pumpkin always did when she’d let him out from the carrier onto the cold metal examining table.

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