William Safire

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Dec 18 20:06:59 UTC 2000

At 05:28 PM 12/17/00 +0800, you wrote:
>At 6:49 PM -0600 12/16/00, Gerald Cohen wrote:
>>...  As for the specific mistakes that may appear in Safire's column,
>>the corrections can always be printed in my _Comments on Etymology_
>>(a series of working papers) and then formally in articles compiled
>>into books. I believe there's a proverb that goes something like: If
>>one door closes, open another.
>>And if the proverb doesn't exist, it should.
>I remember it (from "The Sound of Music" and other authoritative
>sources) as something along the lines of "Whenever God (or probably
>something more like "the Good Lord") closes a door, He opens a

C'mon, Larry, admit that you watched "The Sound of Music" (for the
umpteenth time) again last night!  Indeed, the phrase was spoken twice in
the movie (yes, I watched it too--sniff, sniff).

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
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