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Howcum 2nite Isso Dffrnt

March 24, 1994|DANIEL NUSSBAUM | Los Angeles-based writer Daniel Nussbaum has assigned himself the task of translating the key texts of world civilization into the language of California's vanity license plates. In the following passage, Nussbaum uses 64 actual plates to adapt the moment in the Passover Seder when the youngest child at the table asks, "Why is this night different from all other nights?" "PL8SPK," a collection of the writer's vanity plate translations, has been published by HarperCollinsWest

HOWCUM 2NITE ISSO TOE2LY DFFRNT FFRROMM ALLL OTHERR 1S?

EVRYNYT, IPH WE WANNA, WECAN EET BREAD OR MATZOHS; YIZZIT TONITE ITZ MATZO ORELSE?

USULI ATNIGHT WEWILL GO4 DISNDAT HHERB, WUTEVR; TELLMEY ONN THISSS NIGHTT WEHAVE2 MUNCHON BITTER HERBZ.

DURING ORDNARY NIGHTS WEDON'T DIP THE HERBS EVEN ONCE; SOWHY SUDNLEE RWE DOINIT TWICE?

EVERY OTHA NIGHT WEALL SUP, PERHAPS SITTIN UP, PERHAPS KIKNBAK; TOONIGHT WHYY DO ALLOVUS KIKBAKK?

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