Philadelphia Story 7
neil at TYPOG.CO.UK
Sat Apr 9 06:08:44 UTC 2005
A JOKE IN A SERIOUS PLACE
Certainly no one would think of reading a dictionary for amusement or
pleasure -- as the Irishman said, he would lose the thread of the story in
the great mass of detail. Nor would one expect to find jokes in such a book,
barring Mark Twain's about the carbuncle. But that learned and otherwise
serious dictionary, the Century, contains at least one laughable entry.
Under the word "question" is the following:
"To pop the question -- see pop."
-- 'That Reminds Me', George W. Jacobs & Co, Philadelphia, October 1905, 128
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