Anecdote: King George II and the madness of General Wolfe

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 1 18:33:45 UTC 2011

On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:06 AM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at> wrote:
> Joe Miller's Complete Jest Book

In radio days, there were zillions of references to the "Joe Miller
Joke Book" as the source of *other* comedians' stale routines, as
opposed to one's own popping-fresh "material." Heretofore, I hadn't
known that was actually such a thing or that it dated back to 1840.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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