[Ads-l] a good one that Fred has missed

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Oct 6 21:22:35 UTC 2015


I don't want to suggest by the posting below that the Dictionary of Modern Proverbs was "my" book.  The "rule of holes" citations in the book, and about 95% of whatever is worthwhile in the book, are attributable to Charlie Doyle.

Fred Shapiro



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Why do you say Fred has missed this?  It's in the Dictionary of Modern Proverbs.  I tend to doubt that this was really a Healyism.  The DMP cites the Wall Street Journal describing "the rule of holes" in 1977, and it also cites a version of the saying from the Washington Post in 1911.

Fred Shapiro



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Subject: a good one that Fred has missed

A very long obituary in today's NYTimes of Denis Healy, an English
politician ends:
Lord Healey used humor to make precise points, but his most famous line
described all too many situations. What he called “Healey’s First Law of
Holes” advises, “When in one, stop digging.”

GAT

--
George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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