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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 23 20:16:08 UTC 2015


Bill: Great work. You found evidence of the pun's existence in
citations that do not contain any version of the pun. I queried for
just "horticulture" and "Dorothy Parker" without the pun but did not
succeed.

I've updated the entry and included an acknowledgement:
http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/11/21/horticulture/

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Special thanks to top researcher Bill Mullins who located the two
citations given above.
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Garson

On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 10:49 AM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US)
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>> From the _Nassau [Long Island, NY] Daily Review_ 4/18/1935, p 19 (fultonh=
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>> "What was Dorothy Parker's priceless offering when the gang at the James =
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> And Walter Winchell picked it up in his "On Broadway" column shortly
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> _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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