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

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Nov 23 15:49:31 UTC 2015


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> From the _Nassau [Long Island, NY] Daily Review_ 4/18/1935, p 19 (fultonhis=
> tory.com)
> "What was Dorothy Parker's priceless offering when the gang at the James Gl=
> eason=20
> party were playing one of those "make a sentence with a word" games and=20 someone suggested "horticulture"?"
> (In Harrison Carroll's "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood" column)

And Walter Winchell picked it up in his "On Broadway" column shortly

_Reading [PA] Times_ 3/1/1935 p 28 (newspapers.com)
"Dorothy Parker can make up a sentence containing the word
"horticulture," but hardly here."


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