Say it in 10: Ignorance is bliss

You can’t miss it, the big blue letters adorning the stark white walls – NYPD.

Therefore, please read and hear with the appropriate local inflection:

“What does NYPD stand for?”

Waiting to enter the hallowed ground where the twin towers of the World Trade Centre used to throw their shadows over Lower Manhattan, I at first thought my ears were deceiving me. 

But then this (again, read and hear with the unmistakeable twang):

“Silly, you live here, you should know”; “No really, what does it stand for?”

I surreptitiously glanced sideways and all I could subscribe it to was youthful ignorance.

Maybe it should be forgiven. But forgotten?