The following was posted as a comment on Hunched Among These Shimmeringsâ€¦ but it raises such an important point that I decided to place it here on the main page. R wrote:
I wonder if Mr Key would be kind enough briefly to clarify about the â€˜industrial funnel manufacturing compoundâ€™? Is this a manufacturing compound where industrial funnels are brought into being, or is it rather an industrial manufacturing compound whose output happens to be funnels?
Lest I seem to be splitting hairs, I should perhaps add that the former instance might well be a case of two amiable widows occasionally meeting in, letâ€™s suppose, a disused pig-pen or similar compound where they desultorily pop a few more rivets into their long livesâ€™ work, a single immense funnel of statuesque and sturdy conception; whereas the latter case might imply a colossal foundry or other such satanic installation which churns out, in their tens of thousands, minute funnels of such a definitively non-industrial calibre that they buckle, or actually wither to dust, under the mere weight of the potential customerâ€™s scrutiny.
R is quite right to draw attention to the ambiguity, and I am happy to clarify that the industrial funnel manufacturing compound to which I referred was indeed a disused pig-pen wherein two widows popped rivets into a single immense funnel. Iâ€™m glad weâ€™ve cleared that one up.