[Ads-l] Not in Google:

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 6 11:16:33 UTC 2015


Related  quip from 1959-60:

Kid X: I'm a lot stronger'n you!

Kid Y:  Oh, yeah? Smell doesn't count!


JL



On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 12:34 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Wilson Gray wrote:
> >"You ain't as bad as you smell."
> >"You ain't bad, you just smell bad."
> >
> >As it happens, the second version *is* in Google:
> > First Blood - Page 150
> > https://books.google.com/books?isbn=3D059561485X
> > Johnny Russell - 2009 - Preview
> > "You ain't bad, you just smell bad," Neon replied.
>
> Google Books has some additional evidence of this quip with variant
> spelling in citations that apparently are dated 1928 and 1935.
>
> Year: 2006 (Original edition 1928)
> Title: Rainbow Round My Shoulder: The Blue Trail of Black Ulysses
> Author: Howard W. Odum (Howard Washington Odum)
> Publisher: Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana
> Note: Originally published in 1928 by Grosset & Dunlap by arrangement
> with The Bobbs-Merrill Company
> Quote Page 81
> Database: Google Books Preview
>
> https://books.google.com/books?id=tIvR3vDw3B8C&q=%22smell+bad%22#v=snippet&
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> Fellow go stompin' aroun' tryin' to git up a fight an' they laugh him
> off flo' when somebody holler out, "Hey, dat boy ain't bad, he jes'
> smell bad."
> [End excerpt]
>
>
> Year: 1935
> Title: Roll Sweet Chariot: A Symphonic Play of the Negro People; in Four
> Scenes
> Author: Paul Green
> Publisher: Samuel French, New York
> Note visible in snippet: 'Copyright, 1931, by Paul Green under title
> "Potter's Field"'
> Database: Google Books snippet; data may be inaccurate; Worldcat
> publication date is also 1935
>
>
> https://books.google.com/books?id=7cssAAAAIAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22smell+bad%22
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> BANTAM. [His eyes shining, but his face never losing its smile.] Dat
> man ain't bad, he just smell bad.
> [End excerpt]
>
> Garson
>
> On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 1:44 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > Subject:      Not in Google:
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> > "That must be your asshole talking, because your mouth knows better."
> >
> > "Get five yards back / And take a running start / And kiss my ass / Until
> > you reach my heart."
> >
> > "You'll get your head shook, your money took, and your name put in the
> > undertaker's book."
> >
> > "That smells like ten gallons of get-back."
> >
> > "You ain't as bad as you smell."
> >
> > "You ain't bad, you just smell bad."
> >
> > As it happens, the second version *is* in Google:
> >
> > First Blood - Page 150
> > https://books.google.com/books?isbn=3D059561485X
> > Johnny Russell - 2009 - =E2=80=8EPreview
> > =E2=80=9C_You ain't bad, you just smell bad,_=E2=80=9D Neon replied.
> >
> > Youneverknow.
> >
> > The expression dates from the Creation. The pun on "Rambo - First Blood
> > [Brother]"/"Rambo - First [Young] Blood" implied in the book title dates
> > from the movie title, of course.
> >
> > --=20
> > -Wilson
> > -----
> > 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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