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Thursday, November 30, 2006
Here are six headlines describing one place where the Holy Father said a prayer today as "Turkey Mosque." I guess "Turkish Mosque" sounds awkward to many editors (though why, I can't imagine), and "Blue Mosque," as the place is actually called, perhaps strikes some as reflecting excessive interest in decor. ("Oh but you must see the Mauve Synagogue!" "Can't tonight -- Gawain and I are going to the Green Chapel.") But "Turkey Mosque"?

"Cripes, they're building a mosque down the street."
"I just hope it isn't one of those turkey mosques!"
"All those turkeys comin' through here...!"
"And the parking...!"
"And the whole week before Thanksgiving -- you never heard such caterwauling...!"