more on "dead man's float"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jun 2 16:12:49 UTC 2014

At 6/1/2014 07:54 PM, David Barnhart wrote:
>A book review in the NYT (7/16/1944) a book entitled _Dead Man's Float_--a
>murder mystery so the expression is a pun perhaps.

Apparently not, since the expression preceded the book.  I assume it
arose simply because that was (approximately) the position in which a
corpse floated -- "dead man's floating with the fishes".  But I don't
have the forensic evidence.


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