[Ads-l] healthier, n.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 11 03:41:19 UTC 2015

On Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 9:24 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Another ex. of a trend in usage that begins imperceptibly, then suddenly
> seems brand-new  a century later.

It's a saying that I'e known since childhood. I was lucky to be able to
back it up with more than, "I saw it as a graffito scribbled onto the wall
of a mess hall at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, in November of 1959," a claim
that was ridiculed by someone here at ADS-L in a discussion of, "There is
no gravity, the earth sucks."
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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