One of Barry's jokes

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 8 13:19:23 UTC 2000

On Fri, 8 Dec 2000, Mike Salovesh wrote:

> Barry, here in corn country that's an agricultural joke:  "You can lead
> a horticulture, but you cannot make her think."

This, of course, is not some rural witticism, but rather the greatest
one-liner of the very urbane Dorothy Parker.  It was her response when
challenged to use the word "horticulture" in a sentence.

Fred Shapiro

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