[Ads-l] Heard: "aces"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 18 20:34:52 UTC 2015

Approx.: "The first version of the show was _aces_."

This was already antiquated when I was a child. HDAS finds it in print back
in 1901, suggesting that it was in use in speech possibly as far back as
1890 or even earlier. Since this sentence occurs in a TV ad, it would be
ironic, if this oldie were consequently recalled to life by young'uns of
today thinking it to be, well, "aces."

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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