Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Tue Mar 5 01:34:43 UTC 2002

On Mon, 4 Mar 2002, George Thompson wrote:

        [snip great cites!]

#These accounts of the race suggest that the word "upset" was not
#familiar in the sense of "unexpected victory or loss" before this
#event.  The World stated: "One might make all sorts of puns about it
#being an upset, but Man o' War in the opinion of nine out of ten
#observers was far the better colt in the race. . . .  (August 14, 1919,
#p. 11, col. 1)  The pun did not occur to the reporters from the Tribune
#or the Times.  It occurred to the reporter for The Sun also: "Upset's
#victory was a big upset to all racegoers, even his famous trainer,
#James Rowe"; and "Golden Broom caused more than an upset", but he seems
#to have been thinking of "upset" as in "distress", for instance "upset

Nowadays, of course, we expect sports writers to pun whenever possible,
including when they really oughtn't, but was it always thus? Would a
contemporary reader have expected the Times and Tribune reporters to pun
if the chance had been presented?

-- Mark A. Mandel

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