neat phrases from Kent Desormeaux

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 6 00:47:18 UTC 2008

Amen, Charlie.


On Mon, May 5, 2008 at 10:07 AM, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
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>  Speaking of the Kentucky Derby: In the media chatter (oral and printed), the word "tragic" has undergone a further degradation of meaning. It is now a TRAGEDY when a horse gets injured and dies--presumably making the brute a tragic figure?
>  --Charlie
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