Way back in elementary school, some of my classmates had a dispute over how to spell a particular word. Someone remembered that I was a good speller, and they asked me to arbitrate. "Is it b-l-o-o-n or b-l-o-o-m?" the spokesman asked.
I said, "Um, if you mean a flower, it's b-l-o-o-m."
"No, no, not a flower," said one of them. "The thing you blow up and tie on a string."
"Oh," I said. "Balloon. That's b-a-l-l-o-o-n."
"No, it isn't," they all scoffed as one. "That can't be it. It has to be bloon or bloom." And off they went, still disputing.A Dutch priest of the 15th century, Desiderius Erasmus, is said to have said "In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." Maybe. But sometimes the one-eyed man is the goat.