Modernity on the British tongue sounds like Maternity, except of course there is a "d" and not a "t" in there. In America it is more of the "mod" part of modernity, which is stressed and apt just to sound more "mud" than "mod". This morning on my way to the mail I passed a house that looked to be the definition of "modernity" - or the "modern", depending on how you say it, or where you say it. That isn't to say that it was industrial and/or recalled octopus trains stretching American grain fields to a group of Molly McGuires in a factory town... ...though in a sense, or to my senses, it did collapse an expanse. A house two triangle slabs a slice of yellow between. It sat cavased backed on a large lot. But, what truly came to define it - or make me realize that somewhere in my head I'd collapsed something were the two teenagers waiting for the bus in front of the house: Smoking.