"Life is just one damned thing after another" (1911)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 5 12:52:05 UTC 2002

On Wed, 4 Sep 2002 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>    8 January 1911, NEW YORK TIMES, pg. 16:
>    "Life is just one damn thing after another," wrote F. Percy
> Radcliffe, a real estate broker of 9 Harriman Avenue, Jamaica, Queens
> Borough, before he sent a bullet into his heart early yesterday morning
> or late Friday night.
> (He probably coined the phrase, and this probably received bigger play
> in the tabloids.  The entire story is worth reading.  He cautioned his

Elbert Hubbard used this expression in 1909.

Fred Shapiro

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