[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] Horticulture pun ascribed to Dorothy Parker (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Nov 23 15:45:05 UTC 2015


>From the _Nassau [Long Island, NY] Daily Review_ 4/18/1935, p 19 (fultonhistory.com)

"What was Dorothy Parker's priceless offering when the gang at the James Gleason 
party were playing one of those "make a sentence with a word" games and 
someone suggested "horticulture"?"
(In Harrison Carroll's "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood" column)

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> Subject:      Horticulture pun ascribed to Dorothy Parker
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> Way back in July 2010 Fred asked about a pun based on the word horticulture that has been credited to Dorothy Parker. The Quote
> Investigator website now has an entry on this topic. Note: Some people find the pun offensive.
> Here is an example: You may lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.
> The pun was attributed to Parker in 1962 in "Horizon" magazine. She supposedly said it at the Algonquin Round Table which met during the
> 1920s.
> I found a joke containing the pun published in "The Virginia Spectator" in December 1952. It was not linked to Parker. Another instance was
> printed in "The Daily Standard of Sikeston" Missouri on November 3, 1953.
> Horticulture Pun
> http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/11/21/horticulture/
> Feedback and additional citations welcome, Garson
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