[Ads-l] Joke: "What do you think of his execution?" "I'm in favor of it"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 3 18:06:02 UTC 2015


Thanks for locating and sharing the great 1904 citations, Barry and Ben.

Garson

On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 2:49 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Off-list, Barry noted an earlier version that was circulating in 1904.
> It originally appeared as the caption of a cartoon in _Brooklyn Life_
> on July 2, 1904:
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> http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/83172705/
> Professional Jealousy.
> "So you went to Dr. Pedal's piano recital, eh? Tell me, what do you
> think of his execution."
> "To be thoroughly frank with you, I think he thoroughly deserved it."
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