[Ads-l] pronunciation mess

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 26 18:31:57 EDT 2016

They weren't gay. They were Maude FitzWilliam and William FitzMaude.

You must be thinking of Ben Dover and Phil McAvity.

They say Phil's sister, Phyllis, married a man named Harry Twatt.


On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 4:18 PM, David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com> wrote:
> Then there is also the Irish gay couple: Patrick Fitzwilliam and William
> Fitzpatrick.
> Enviada em: quinta-feira, 26 de maio de 2016 10:58
> Assunto: Re: pronunciation mess
> Poster:       "James A. Landau" <JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM>
> Subject:      Re: pronunciation mess
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> On Wed, 25 May 2016 22:08:29 Zone-0400 the ubiquitous Mr. Wilson Gray
> <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote
> <quote>
> On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 9:30 PM, David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com>
> wrote:
>> You're a funny man, Mr. Gray. By the way, Gray was my mother's maiden
>> name, so we are almost certainly related.
> <pause quote>
> Seriously, some time ago Mr. Gray posted a message on ADS-L describing how
> his family acquired the surname "Gray" and how cousins of his did not.
> Unfortunately I do not have a copy of that quite interesting message.
> As a result of that message, I discovered that Mr. Gray's family had had the
> surname "Gray" for longer than my family had had the surname "Landau".
> <rsume quote>
> A propos of the last-name-as-first-name thing, I have a Facebook friend
> whose name is "Wilson Andrew."
> Sometimes, parents can be merciless.
> <end quote>
> In 1984 Headquarters Corps of Engineers had both a Meredith Walters and a
> Walter Meredith.  MW was the originator of the memorable quote "What?  You
> dare to massacre my purple prose?"  Then there are Robert Adams and Adam
> Roberts.  RA is a writer of blood and thunder fantasy.  AR wrote a book on
> non-violent resistance.
>    - James A. Landau (whose family took the surname "Landau" circa 1840)
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