Griswold manages to outsmart a twelve-year-old smart alek who knows an English word which is short, simple, common and cannot be pronounced if written all in capitals.
The word, of course, is “POLISH,” because it’s pronounced one way if spelled “polish” and another if spelled “Polish,” as any twelve-year-old smart alek knows. Asimov dealt with innumerable such creatures over the course of his career—including, alas, myself—so this is one way for him to get back at them. It’s relatively pleasant as Union Club mysteries go.
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