[Ads-l] accordion wit

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Mon Jan 12 16:18:01 UTC 2015

1: In an obituary in yesterday's (Sunday's) NYTimes:
"“A gentleman,” a widely repeated anonymous quotation has it, “is a man who
can play the accordion but doesn’t.”"
This isn't in YBQ.

Meanwhile, whenever my father had occasion to speak of an accordion -- not
a frequent occurrence, of course -- he referred to it as "a tenement house
This isn't in Jonathon Green's dictionary of slang.


George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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