Derry Aire

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 3 12:35:36 UTC 2014

You're so right, Wilson.

It isn't "The" Londonderry air,  like they only had one; it's "an" air
played by a street fiddler in Londonderry in the early 1850s and noted down
by Jane Ross of Limavady.

Of course, many people presumably think the title means, "You know, the
fresh air they breathe there, where was it you said?"

PS:  Wackipedia bears out my suspicion: "the title...'Derry Air' is
sometimes used instead, due to the Derry-Londonderry name dispute

At least there's no "e."  Wacki is definitely improving.


On Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 12:36 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>
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> > 'The Londonderry Aire'
> "The"?! There was no definite article, back in the '40's! Can't these young
> whippersnappers leave *anything* the way that it used to be? :-(
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