FW: Sort of blend: "the 900 pound elephant in the room"

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Tue Jan 23 16:20:42 UTC 2007

    Charlie Doyle has sent me a message about his work on the elephant in the room/living room/elevator and related expressions.  I had no trouble opening his attachment, but when I tried to forward his message to ads-l (with his permission), the ads-l server refused to accept the attachment.

     But at least I can mention Charlie's work on the subject to ads-l.  Perhaps he can excerpt some portions of his unpublished item for presentation here within the text of an e-mail message.  In any case, I look forward to his eventually updating his treatment a bit and publishing it formally.

Gerald Cohen


From: Charles Doyle [mailto:cdoyle at uga.edu]
Sent: Mon 1/22/2007 12:15 PM
To: Cohen, Gerald Leonard
Subject: Re: Sort of blend: "the 900 pound elephant in the room"

Dear Gerald (I'm "off list" here),

I have attached the text of a talk I gave at a meeting of the California Folklore Society (since renamed the Western States Folklore Society) in April 2003.  Don't read the whole thing!  But on pages 10-11 appear some comments on the blending of the the elephant saying with the gorilla saying.

(I would no doubt find more instances if I were researching the subject NOW.)

Best wishes.


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