Whip game on

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Aug 15 23:24:30 UTC 2005

There was no escape except to run or to punch first. I never heard of any nimble repartee being involved.


Michael McKernan <mckernan at LOCALNET.COM> wrote:
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Jonathan Lighter wrote:

>A useful fight-picking line from my youth was the always appropriate, "You
>callin' me a liar?"
>I suspect it goes back in one form or another to the Birth of Language.

Yes, I've heard this one, many times, but more in oral argument than in
physical brawl prelims.

Were there any ritualized escalation sequences to go with it (or to back
off from it)?

Michael McKernan

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