Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 11 10:52:07 UTC 2000

On Mon, 10 Apr 2000 RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:

> The 1960s gossip columnist Earl Wilson used to refer in print to his wife as
> "the b.w."--I never knew why.

I haven't followed this whole thread, so maybe I'm not adding anything,
but Wilson's b.w. stood for "beautiful wife."

Fred R. Shapiro                             Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services     TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
  and Lecturer in Legal Research            ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES
Yale Law School                             Oxford University Press, 1998
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