Oecolampadius, I owe you an apology. In the course of our contacts in this forum, I had developed an image of you - as a candid sort of person, straightforward, even somewhat ingenuous, wholly free of wile and guile. It did not occur to me that you might be an individual of subtle, yea Machiavellian, wit. Thus was I misled into taking literally, your remarks about serendipity. How wrong can a person be? I regret my ill-natured crack about your jest “only put-putting” --- truly, as languagehat pointed out, the wit zoomed high over my head. From now on, I shall put on my analytical spectacles, and read between the lines of your every post, searching for the subtle innuendo*, the sly double entendre...... and meanwhile, I ask your pardon, for having so devastatingly underestimating you.
* (My brother-in-law Sam says, by the way, that “innuendo” means “an Italian suppository")