What is this postcard of which you speak

In Zitsland, Jeremy has been sorting through the incoming mail. Not long ago, his mother discovered that he had thrown a postcard from his Aunt Joan into the junk mail box, believing that it wasn’t real mail. Jeremy’s mother remonstrates:

Jeremy simply rejects the idea of postcards, as an outmoded system of communications — deservedly outmoded, because it is unacceptably insecure.

(Side point: note that Jeremy gets away with High Attachment for the modifier that anybody could read — with the relative clause understood as modifying a card, rather than modifying the immediately preceding, and structurally lower, NP envelope.)

One Response to “What is this postcard of which you speak”

  1. Chris Says:

    I was taught, “assume that email has the privacy level of a postcard”

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