[Ads-l] Still more Facebook

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 12 04:25:42 UTC 2015

On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> 1954 William G. Smith _South Street_ (N.Y.: Farrar, Straus) 279: "What ees
> a sleeve job?" asked Susette. "That, cherie, is the whole question."

I didn't hear the story about the sleeve job till 1961. The Army buddy's
version had the protagonist slip on a bar of soap, fall, and break his
neck, dying before he could find out what the sleeve job was and pass along
that knowledge through Greg, a riveting raconteur, to the couple of dozen
listeners whom he held in thrall as he strung out his tale.  Presumably,
Mr. Smith isn't telling, either.


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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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