Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Wed May 28 03:59:19 UTC 2008

Marc Velasco wrote:
Something of the reverse ended up happening to the _blue_ in blue
laws, I think.  Didn't it start as a 'coded', polite form of speech,
which ended up just being associated with smuttiness?  At least in
regards to film?
Not meaning to gloss over your point, but oft' times more were blue
(ARE blue, 'tis true!) that blue laws bar booze-buying and, in some
places, the care and upkeep of clothes horses.
In the latter respect, Northern New Jersey (if not that whole state)
is bluer than blue on Sunday morns and pm's, too.

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