My partner and I were working the late shift, when we got the call. We were halfway through a game of Scrabble, and I was contesting Brody's word.
" 'Coverted'? No way."
"Sure," Brody said. "Means concealed."
"That's 'covert,' bonehead."
"Mr. Bonehead to you," Brody said. We both got a chuckle out of that.
Then the call came in, and we hightailed it over to the docks. A night watchman had found $700,000 in a valise next to a guy who wasn't going anywhere, except to the morgue.
"That watchman's a saint," Brody mumbled. "Given the opportunity, I'm not so sure I'd be so overtly moral."
" 'Overtly?' " I said.
"Yeah. Out in the open. Observable, bonehead."
"Mr. Bonehead," I said. We both laughed. Having a great sense of humor was what always got Brody and me through the night.
Remember: covert -- secret, hidden
overt -- not secret, not hidden
1. When he was apprehended inside the bank, the suspect was (overtly/covertly) carrying crook's tools in his shoe.
2. When Dexter threw his accordion at his heckler, the audience suspected that was a/an (overt/covert) act of hostility.
3. Among the (overt/covert) activities the spies indulged in were rummaging through people's garbage, eavesdropping, and steaming open mail and resealing it.
1. covertly ("I wanted to make sure they really meant 'safe deposit!' " he said.
2. overt (You had to get up pretty early to put something over on those folks.
3. covert (That left little time for square dancing and welcome wagon calls.)