Dear Continually Learning Mom,
According to Wikipedia
the McDLT, an attempt to make fastfood burgers seem more homestyle, healthful, and tasty, was discontinued because McDonald's was being criticized for the amount of nonbiodegradable solid waste it was producing, and the McDLT's packaging was about twice the size of that of other burgers. The good news? According to this article, the Big N' Tasty, introduced in 2001, is really the McDLT. It may not have the fancy polystyrene packaging to keep the meat hot and the veggies cold until assembly, but with the Made for You process, that doesn't really matter. Each sandwich is made upon being ordered, so your food hasn't been sitting under a hot lamp. (It was a sad day when they switched to Made for You. It meant that at the end of the night, there was no longer a bag full of unsold sandwiches for me to take home.)
And now for your second question. I emailed your question to Mr. Writing Person, who responded with the following:
I've poked around a bit and discovered that y'all on that Board Thang like to have secret identities. I do too, and I'm not divulging it, even if you threaten me with killer otters or worse (like ALBINO killer otters). What I CAN tell you is that I and Mr. Writing Person's copy editor share some striking similarities: we're both Computer Science graduate students, we're both decent spelars and grammerizers, and we both harbor a secret passion for soggy Grape Nuts. Our widest divergence is in the fact that I actually like to write fiction as well as academic papers.
Regarding Mr. Writing Person's relationship to Mister Language Person: Mr. Writing Person has covered that in his "fack," which you should feel free to quote. . . .
In case you want the inside scoop: the relationship is nothing more than inspirational, and I am not making that up. Speaking of which, "Inspirational Relationship" would make a terrible name for a rock band.
Mr. Writing Person's Alter Ego
Lacking albino otters with which to threaten Mr. WP, we'll have to settle for reading Mr. Writing Person's Fack (FAQ) in his blog. In the Fack, we discover that it is entirely possible that Mr. Writing Person is the child, through immaculate conception, of Mister Language Guy. I don't know about you, but I would have been surprised to learn anything else. The sort of linguistic ability they both possess just doesn't happen by accident. It's the result of good genes with generations of training.
Even though Mr. WP is the progeny of Mister LG, there is far more to him than just language. He is well-rounded and nicely edged. If you explore his Fack, you'll discover that he's a gourmet chef. You might want to try his broccoli & tomato puree soup for special occasions. For a simple yet elegant dessert, use his strawberry & vanilla concoction. The special ingredient gives it a zest that will please any palate, even those discriminating Utahns. Mr. WP is a master of wilderness survival, and is environmentally aware, encouraging his readers to learn more about the plight of the panda. If you want to learn more about who Mr. Writing Person really is, his Fack is a must-read.
s for your allegation that Mr. Writing Person is a "filthy hack" and is "putting everyone on," all I can say is that I'm sorry you don't recognize a lingual revolution when you see one. Mr. Writing Person's grammars not only reflect current trends in grammar, but guide the English language in the direction it desperately needs to go. Throw out your Strunk & White. All you need is Mr. Writing Person.
Thanks, CLM, for introducing me to this grammar guru.
*Mr. Writing Person's Alter Ego, thanks for providing this information.