Duffy's Tavern

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 20 20:41:31 UTC 2005

Now that you mention it, I also recall, "Oh, hello, Duffy."

For quite a whie, I was under the impression that what Archie said was:
"where theleet meet deet." At the time, this made almost as much sense as,
"where the elite meet to eat." Whether one said "eleet" or "elight," neither
was part of my active vocabulary at the time.


On 12/20/05, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
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> On Dec 20, 2005, at 9:50 AM, Alison  Murie wrote:
> > Do you remember "Duffy's Tavern, 'Where The Elite Meet To Eat.'
> > Duffy ain't
> > here. Archie the manager speakin"?
> > --
> > -Wilson Gray
> > ~~~~~~~~
> > Yes, with pleasure.  If I'd been asked to recite that line, my version
> > would have only had "Archie speakin,'" at the end. But I could be
> > persuaded.
> almost all the web-available sources have wilson's version, often as
> "Archie da manager speakin'" (Ed Gardner, who played Archie, was a
> genuine new yorker).  followed by: "Duffy ain't here/heah" and then,
> i think, almost always, "Oh, hello, Duffy."
> arnold

-Wilson Gray

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