"man or beast"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 1 05:52:04 UTC 2013

On Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

> Yes, that was what it was originally ("a breast" = "a female, a
> girlfriend"), but it was distorted over time into "beast" -- like the
> way "savage breast" became "savage beast".  :-)

Nobody ever explained it to me that way, before. ;-)

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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