Almost Like a Metaphorical Key

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Recently, I renewed my passport. The process included the delight of government forms as well as a post office photo shoot featuring a camera that I’m almost certain wrote the picture to a CD-R. Just over two weeks later I received my new passport, as well as a pamphlet from the U.S. Department of State. The pamphlet proclaims “With Your U.S. Passport, The World Is Yours!”, and it opens with this:

Your new U.S. Passport book is your ticket

Hmm. Something about that doesn’t seem quite right.

Ticket Definition

It’s almost as though there should be some other word for what this document actually is.

Passport Definition

I just can’t put my finger on it. I guess things have changed in recent years? That’s good news, as it means big savings on international airfare. Heck, I might even be persuaded to take a cruise. After all, with my new U.S. passport, it’ll apparently be free.


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