[Ads-l] dear John letter

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 16 06:07:32 UTC 2014


> anecdotal

A *feature*, not a bug. ;-)

> elderly

Anecdotally speaking, I've seen _elderly_ defined as, "the age of the
speaker plus ten years."

On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> And then there were those scary letters you got from your girlfriend =
> that began "Greetings!"
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> LH
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> On Nov 15, 2014, at 8:10 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> > Not familiar to me either.
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> > Was his name "John"?
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> > JL
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> > On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:47 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com> =
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> >> This will have to be anecdotal since I didn't save the issue of the
> >> newspaper I read it in.  Sometime last week, our local eight-page rag =
> had
> >> an article on an elderly--older than me--local resident and his =
> military
> >> service in WWII.  The article noted that he was going to enlist =
> before
> >> Pearl Harbor, but then he got his "Dear John" letter directing him to
> >> report for military service.  I haven't seen it used in this sense.  =
> I did
> >> a Google search and didn't find any instances there either.
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