[Ads-l] Modern Proverb: Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 12 10:05:32 EST 2016


Thank you for your responses.

The joke about outrunning the bear versus outrunning a companion was
discussed on this mailing list back in 2011. John Baker presented a
version from the book "Quote It Completely":

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2011-November/114484.html

I presented a version that was given in confessional form in 1906:

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2011-November/114496.html

Other interesting comments were shared on the discussion thread.

Garson


On Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 8:42 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
>> On Nov 12, 2016, at 4:59 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> Just one shot to my boyfriend's knee cap was all it took…….the bear got him
>> and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace
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> An illustration of "nonlinear thinking", apparently. Although I imagine the grizzly was pretty linear.
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> LH
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>> Whence the origin of the handicap.
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