The other day I saw a headline in the Los Angeles Times: “Ex-state senator finishes sentence.”
If you know me, you know how I read that. My first thought was, “What kept him from finishing his sentence? What was he speaking about?”
I finally realized that the no-longer-a-California- state-senator had been sentenced to prison and had completed his required time in the pen.
Such is the hazard of being a word nerd.