Paul remarks on a stairway detail in a new Chinese Museum.
wh5: Striking piece of architectural detail, the way the stairs project unevenly.
Paul: What’s striking about it is that this one's likely to hit you on the head as you exit the restroom. Sticks out fair and square into the passageway.
wh5: Hmm. Not so clever.
Paul: I mean, these modern architects, they have often have a great artistic sense but they sometimes don’t think about how people’s behavior will impact on their design.
wh5: Come back in a year’s time, you’ll probably find the stairs are sawn off to a uniform length.
Paul: Only after someone lays themselves out.
Consciously or unconsciously, we sometimes use words which emphasize our message. In talking about a hazardous protrusion which passersby could collide with, Paul turns “striking” into a double entendre and follows up with another, possibly subconsciously generated, in “impact.”