"spend a penny" -- the TLS is at it again.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 7 00:16:02 UTC 2011

On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 1:40 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> "Epsom salts, ... used as a laxative."

Indeed. And also, when dissolved in hot - as opposed to tepid - water,
as a footbath.

It is my sad experience that no one was given pause by the concept of
*drinking* a potion that was otherwise used only as a footbath. Not
only does Epsom salts work unnecesarily well as a purgative, but it
also has a most unpleasant taste. OTOH, its flavor is nevertheless
somewhat more pleasant than that of castor oil, whose mere odor is

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

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