Y'all gnome sane?

hw gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 24 06:27:11 UTC 2013

On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 12:15 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> digitalis?

Why wouldn't it be? Latin _lapsus digitalis_ = English "finger-slip"

I take it that a person who speaks a dialect in which "saying" is
pronounced "sane" should slip up and actually *write* "saying" as "sane" is
less interesting than challenging the waning competence of the winner of
the 1954 high-school winner of the Latin Contest of the Missouri Province
of the Society of Jesus? :-)

FWIW, "Gnome sane?" as a jocular spelling of the ubiquitous
conversation-filler, "Know what I'm saying?" has been around for at least a
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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