born-again (was Christian suggestion)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 11 18:48:17 UTC 1999

>     True story.  A friend of mine who was a social worker in Texas
>overheard this interchange between a Texan client and a newly arrived
>social worker from New York.  The client says:  "Are you lost or are you
>found?"  The truly puzzled newcomer to the land of born-again Christians
>replied without missing a beat:  "I'm from New York."
>     I'm from New York via northern Illinois, so I have no idea whether
>lost and found are common terms for unsaved and saved, but I think it's a
>great story.  It sounds apocryphal, but my friend swears on the Bible
>that it's true.
>Patricia Kuhlman
>Brooklyn, NY
>pskuhlman at

Well, even non-Christians might be familiar with the minimal pair from the
first stanza of "Amazing Grace":

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me;
I once was lost, but now I'm found,   <--
Was blind, but now I see.

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