“A quote is just a tattoo on the tongue.” According to William DeVault anyway. Ignoring the idea of violating your tongue in such a way, he kind of has a point.
Interesting note: when I looked up “tattoo” in Webster’s, the main definition given is “a beat of drum and a bugle call to call soldiers to quarters.”
The meaning we’re most familiar with, and that which is more suited to the context of this quotation, is “to mark permanently (as the skin) with figures, by pricking in coloring matter, or by making symmetrical scars.” I don’t have any tattoos yet, but I want to get one like this:
Except filled in, not outlined. It represents (to me) the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But not on my tongue. I was thinking my shoulder or ankle. Of course, one is an odd number, so I’d probably want to get something else, too. Maybe this:
Anyway, off the rabbit trail again: I think it’s more accurate to say that a quote is, for any writer or public speaker, the highest form of flattery. And so this month I will be sharing a quote a day, along with what you’ve all come to know and love as the random rambling rabbit trails of my stream of consciousness.