Puritan euphemisms

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 24 22:35:04 UTC 2012

On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> My impression is that colloquial writing was very rare in America before ca. 1830.

On a serious tip - I hear "on a(n) NP tip" more and more; suddenly,
it's 1960 - at Harvard, an American imprint earlier than 1821 is
considered to be a "Rare Book," the equivalent of a pre-1801 European
imprint. So, that period is necessarily hard to research.

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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