Fun with phrases: "Ripped from today's headlines"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 12 21:01:14 UTC 2013

Bill M's connection is wonky, and he asks me to forward the following:

_Trenton [NJ] Evening Times 9/7/1933 p 15 col 7

 "Political turmoil, riot and the threat of revolution, financial and
Government crises taken from today's headlines are the storm clouds
 that drive one man from his position at the helm of state and from the
 love of his life to drugs and debauchery."

JL: So what else is new? Oh, it's 1933. After a couple of years, "taken"
was just too blah.


On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM, Jonathan Lighter
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> > But before 1936, it looks like *nothing* was ever ripped from any
> headlines.
> Hm. *Now* I "see what you're driving at," to coin a phrase. Nobody
> ever explained it to me that way, before. ;-)
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