Regarding a Passage from Horace

In his Satires, the Roman poet Horace asks the question, “Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat?” — or roughly, in English, “What prevents me from telling the truth with a smile?” The answer is implicit: “Nothing.”

In a similar spirit, I recently asked my own question — namely, “What prevents me from telling the truth, outside, and while wearing no pants?” The answer here, turns out, is “Police officers.”

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