"withdrawl" = withdraw

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Feb 2 16:52:12 UTC 2005

Yes, Larry. I couldn't have said it better myself.


Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Re: "withdrawl" = withdraw

At 7:08 AM -0800 2/2/05, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> >From a customer review at Amazon.com:
>"In 1954, the French had to withdrawl and the Genevea accords were
>signed. This called for Ho Chi Minh and his group to withdrawl to
>the North of the country and the French puppet Bao Dai's government
>to be in control of the South."
Yes, and the Vietnam analogy is apropos, since the term goes back to
our own Civil War/War Between the States/War of Northern Aggression,
when Yankee soldiers noticed the funny way the Rebels spoke--"with
drawl"--as they were retreating under heavy fire from outposts
previously held.


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