How did this ever come into being? I'm talking about the following sentence construction: "Not to be rude, but ( insert something rude here )." You know, where you announce in the first half of the sentence that you're not going to violate conventions of social interaction, and in the second half you proceed to do just that. How does anyone get away with that? It's like being approached on the street by someone who says, "I'm not going to rob you. Give me all your money." As if they believe that they won't be held responsible for their rudeness if they changed the definition ahead of time or something.
Okay, I know, yet another post that has absolutely nothing to do with the drawing it accompanies. Well, what is there to say about a stack of boxes? Maybe I should have pretended some guy stepped from behind them and said to me, "Not to be rude, but..."