Antedating of "Persnickety"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 5 04:40:45 UTC 2013

On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 8:12 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
> stepped out a band-box....'"

"Stepped out _of_ a bandbox" was still everyday, when I was a kid in
Saint Louis and was used as the slogan of the local "Band-Box" chain
of cleaners.  I had o idea that the phrase was so old. One of these
days, I'm going to bother to find out what a _band-box_ is. Some
things you just don't get around to.

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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