Suggestive Names

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Jun 13 14:22:56 UTC 2006

W.C. Fields's "evasive answer" has a variant (I don't know
who, if anybody, it has been popularly attributed to); a
telegram reads, "Fuck you. Strong letter follows."

A disgruntled associate of the dictionary-maker W.J. Funk is
supposed to have exclaimed, "Mr. Funk, you're a prink!"


---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 09:44:21 -0400
>From: "hpst at" <hpst at EARTHLINK.NET>
>Subject: Re: Suggestive Names

>The story about Dorothy Parker I heard was that she was
working for The New Yorker and late with her copy so Harold
Ross sent someone over to get it and she told him, "Tell Mr.
Ross that I am too fucking busy and vice versa." which of
courrse brings up the story about the time W.C. Fields was
on strike so the studio head sent someone over to demand
that he come in. Fields being in no mood to deal with the
studio refused to come out to even meet the guy told his
butler, "Give him an evasive answer. Tell him to go fuck
>Page Stephens

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