went walkabout

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Jun 25 02:47:11 UTC 2009

Perhaps I misunderstood who said what, and who was suggesting
what.  I thought the TPM correspondent had used "walkabout".  But if
that was only Laurence Horn, and the TPM correspondent merely said
"hiking the Appalachian Trail", my comment becomes  --  did the TPM
correspondent actually suggest that that would become a
euphemism?  And (especially) for what?  Being absent from one's
duties for five days without saying where one was (and providing a
false explanation)?  Or more presciently, for being with ones illicit paramour?


At 6/24/2009 08:52 PM, Victor wrote:
>There is something missing in translation--the TPM correspondent
>suggested "hiking the Appalachian Trail" to be the new euphemism, not
>anything referring to "walkabout".
>Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>Or was he just lucky?  The story put out (at an early time) was that
>>Sanford was hiking in the Appalachians -- that could have suggested
>>walking about.
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