[Ads-l] "A gentleman never gives offense unintentionally"

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 21 12:30:15 UTC 2015


I assume that saying is exactly wrong, because it says a gentleman does it "intentionally".
Non-gentleman., "You might be more comfortable in that chair over there."Gentleman,  "That chair over there is better to hold your fat ass."

Tom Zurinskas,  Originally SWConn 20 yrs,  college Tenn 3,  work NJ  33,  now FL 12.The need for truespel phonetics - http://justpaste.it/truespelnow 


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> Subject:      Re: "A gentleman never gives offense unintentionally"
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> Way back in October 2012 Jim Parish asked about a saying attributed to
> Oscar Wilde. Now there is an entry on this topic available on the
> Quote Investigator website:
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> A Gentleman Is a Man Who Never Gives Offense Unintentionally
> http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/01/21/offense/
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> Here is a link to the discussion thread for 2012.
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2012-October/122673.html
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> Garson
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> On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM, Jim Parish <jparish at siue.edu> wrote:
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> > I've seen this quote attributed to Oscar Wilde, but he's a known
> > quote-magnet. Is the correct originator known?
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> > Jim Parish
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