Betty White as a Unit of Measurement

On January 17 of next year, Betty White will turn 100 years old.

I was about to write “actress Betty White”, but that seems like a wholly inadequate description. Betty White is just an actress. It is best put that Betty White is Betty White in all fullness of the term; a Platonic ideal of Betty Whiteness.

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As the world prepares to celebrate, writer Jelena Woehr would like to propose using Betty White as a unit of measurement. Specifically, a Betty White is a unit of time–a lifespan of incredible magnitude. A very long-lived person expresses that events that felt a long time ago were, from a different perspective, very recent. Read Woehr’s thread here.

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