"How do you make a small fortune in lexicography?"
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Fri Dec 7 01:53:48 UTC 2001
In a message dated 12/05/2001 6:52:37 PM Eastern Standard Time,
Bapopik at AOL.COM writes:
> "There's a joke baseball owners like to tell: 'How do you make a small
> fortune owning a baseball team? Start with a large fortune!'"
> --VILLAGE VOICE (www.villagevoice.com), jockbeat column in latest issue
> Does Fred Shapiro have this one?
> A web check ("make a small fortune" & "large") shows the joke in many
> different fields. Paul Dickson might be interested, but I don't think it
> originated in baseball. Where did it originate?
> If I had to guess, I'd pick Wall Street. 1960s?
Sounds to me like the punchline of a Chelm story. Or perhaps an Irish bull.
Either one would long antedate the 20th century.
A similar joke runs: "Las Vegas (or any other gambling center)---you go there
in a thirty thousand dollar car and leave in a hundred fifty thousand dollar
- Jim Landau
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